The DEI Council at Clatsop Community College leads and advises efforts to cultivate a culture that examines and disrupts the negative impacts of power, privilege, and oppression while deliberately promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster an environment of belonging for all students.
Diversity, in this context, refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences, including by not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability, religion, political affiliation, socio-economic status, language, age, and disability. The DEI Council endorses intentional efforts and conscious practices to appreciate difference, prevent discrimination and aim for representation at all levels of organizational leadership and decision-making.
Fair and just practices and policies that ensure all campus community members can thrive successfully in the academic environment. This includes equitable access to resources, networks, education & opportunities that support each individual to achieve their academic and/or career goals. We seek to dismantle systems of oppression by acknowledging and examining structural inequalities–historic and current–that advantage some and disadvantage others.
Inclusion is active, intentional and results in all members feeling respected and able to participate and achieve their potential. At Clatsop Community College, we achieve excellence through diversity, equity and Inclusion.
Through our consultations with disability activist Keith Jones, we have added campus accessibility to our focus as a DEI Council.
The process of learning about, interacting with, appreciating and supporting all cultures. Our DEI Council has made a concerted effort to pursue professional development through Chemeketa Community College’s Cultural Competency Program, with hopes of extending this learning to other members of our staff, faculty & community.
The DEI Council stands against systemic racism, police brutality, and all acts of prejudice or violence targeting any group of people on our campus and in our community. Our status as a learning institution depends on the robust exchange of ideas. The diversity of our students, faculty and staff helps us fulfill our mission, vision and values here at Clatsop Community College.
We recognize that simply holding this belief is not enough, and that visible and deliberate action is paramount.
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The DEI Council equates our commitment to “shared governance” as achievable through adherence to the HECC’s Equity Lens.
learning about others and centering the lived experiences of those who our systems were not designed for,
understanding and honoring intersectionality in order to develop self-reflective and equitable practices,
engaging within a community where the equal worth of inherent dignity of each person is honored.
This event brings together voices from a variety of academic disciplines and communities. Please use this as a tool for “shaking up” our current system to make it welcoming and accessible for all of us – especially those furthest from power and privilege.
It is designed to benefit our community.
This event was co-created by Jenni Newton, Ph.D. SEL Coordinator Astoria School District & Heather Douglas, DEI Director at Clatsop Community College
We are on Native Land. Clatsop Community College respectfully acknowledges that our campus rests on the traditional lands of the Chinook Indian nation who have cared for these lands and waters since time immemorial, and continue to do so today. The DEI Council is continually examining this relationship, seeking to move past performative statements like this one and into actions that support all of our Native populations on campus and beyond.