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Cultural Competence Commitments + Goals

These commitments, outcomes, approaches and indicators were developed over the course of two years from 2018 to 2020 by the Diversity , Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Task Force. We consider it a work in progress.


KNOWLEDGE: Gaining knowledge, understanding, awareness of diversity, oppression, and privilege

Commitments
The statements of commitment to acknowledging and dismantling privilege for some and oppression for most are:

Outcomes
If we are successful, the CCA community (faculty, staff and students) will be able to:

Approaches
The content and topics we need to consider and learn about in order to achieve the outcome include:

Indicators
The measures of our progress and success include:

We are committed to establishing an awareness, acknowledgement, and respect for the multiplicity of identities and cultural backgrounds of all individuals on our campus.

We are committed to learning about ourselves as individuals and the roles of our implicit biases and privilege.

We are committed to understanding the institutional implications of structures and systems that have resulted in privilege for some and oppression for most.

Articulate the value/benefits of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in work and school

Demonstrate willingness to investigate one’s own biases and take steps to reduce their impact in the workplace

Demonstrate commitment to continuous growth in cultural literacy

The historical disenfranchisement of a variety of human groups both in the US and globally

Privilege and structural and systemic power in society

Accessible resources for D&I initiatives

Completion rate for DiversityEdu (staff, faculty, students)

Participation in D&I workshops

ACTION: Developing skills, abilities, and attitudes to foster a supportive environment for all

Commitments
The statements of commitment to acknowledging and dismantling privilege for some and oppression for most are:

Outcomes
If we are successful, the CCA community (faculty, staff and students) will be able to:

Approaches
The content and topics we need to consider and learn about in order to achieve the outcome include:

Indicators
The measures of our progress and success include:

We are committed to developing skills and abilities that foster a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment.

We are committed to building equitable systems and structures that promote opportunities for all community members.

We are committed to embracing discomfort for the benefit of positive change towards these goals.

Demonstrate skills to foster a supportive environment for all

Facilitate and create space for diverse perspectives and contributions within teams and across the college

Demonstrate commitment to developing and supporting colleagues of all backgrounds

Demonstrate service that is responsive to a diverse community

Active listening, empathy and humility

The value of local and international partnerships and community members

Curiosity about ourselves and others, and the ways our current systems harm or benefit us and others

High survey results on measures of staff/student/faculty sense of belonging

Students give faculty high and/or improved ratings on class evaluation questions pertaining to inclusive classroom open to all perspectives

Number of staff/faculty workshops, grants, professional development opportunities, programs offered to ensure colleagues from all backgrounds feel supported and invested in

RESULTS: Cultural & Social Diversity - the practice, the results

Commitments
The statements of commitment to acknowledging and dismantling privilege for some and oppression for most are:

Outcomes
If we are successful, the CCA community (faculty, staff and students) will be able to:

Approaches
The content and topics we need to consider and learn about in order to achieve the outcome include:

Indicators
The measures of our progress and success include:

We will be transparent in our communication about diversity and inclusion issues and progress on goals and initiatives.

Our curriculum will reflect our commitment to cultural and social diversity and our values of social change and social justice.

We will hold ourselves accountable for these commitments and goals, both individually and as a community.

Demonstrate the capacity to investigate processes and constructions of racial, ethnicity, gender, sexual and socioeconomic inequalities

Demonstrate commitment to provide access to opportunities for all members of the CCA community

Demonstrate commitment to ensure equitable practices

CCA curriculum that reflects our values of social change and social justice and informs the college's investigations into the processes and constructions of racial and ethnic, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic inequalities

Staff state that they have increased access to opportunities

Student evaluation results on diversity questions

Rates of hiring and retention and promotion of faculty and staff from traditionally underrepresented groups

Student retention of SOC and underrepresented groups

Percent completion of DiversityEdu
Attendance at DITF workshops


Developed by Leslie Gray, Jen Juras, Julie Kirgis, Adriana Lopez Lobovits, Gesita Tafesse, ShawnJ West, and Nicole Whitner.