Diversity & Inclusion Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The College will ensure that diversity, in all its forms, is respected and valued by fostering and promoting an environment of inclusiveness.

Committee Goals

In support of its mission, the College Committee for Diversity and Inclusion will:

  • Lead College-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Serve as an educational resource for OCC and the community
  • Raise diversity and inclusion awareness through programs and activities and assess the student learning outcomes embedded in those events
  • Promote and advocate a collaborative vision of diversity and inclusion
  • Continuously assess the College environment including policies, practices and progress
  • Expand inclusion by developing outreach strategies in the external community
  • Support the faculty in developing academic diversity and inclusion curricula

Committee Definitions of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is the entire range of human differences that includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, veteran status, physical and cognitive ability or attributes, religious affiliation, national origin, citizenship, and political beliefs.

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment where the inherent worth and dignity of all people is recognized. An inclusive college promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and respects the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its community members.