Affirmation of Inclusion

Whatcom Community College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the College community feels welcome to participate in the life of the College, free from harassment and discrimination. We welcome people of all races, ethnicity, national origins, religions, ages, genders, sexual orientations, marital status, veteran status, abilities and disabilities. Toward that end, faculty, students and staff will:

  • Treat one another with respect and dignity;
  • Promote a learning and working community that ensures social justice, understanding, civility and non-violence in a safe and supportive climate;
  • Influence curriculum, teaching strategies, student services and personnel practices that facilitate sensitivity and openness to diverse ideas, peoples and cultures in a creative, safe and collegial environment.

The Campus Diversity Committee (CDC)

CDC Mission

As stated in the strategic plan, Whatcom integrates principles of diversity, access, and inclusion throughout policy, practice, services, and curriculum to close equity gaps in student outcomes and create an equitable work environment.

CDC Vision

All students, staff, and faculty are given equal access to educational and professional attainment and are empowered through the support of the college community which encourages self-identity awareness through the lense of intersectionality.

CDC Plan

In order to create a framework for advancing equity, we will use the objectives listed in the College’s strategic plan and accompanying work plan. We will work with campus stakeholders to continually assess our progress.

Objectives

3.1 Ensure all students have access to campus resources that support educational success.

3.2 Apply culturally responsive pedagogy in all teaching and learning environments.

3.3 Increase services focused on supporting marginalized student populations to close the equity gap in student outcomes.

3.4 Revise policies, practices, services, and curricula from an equity-based lens.

3.5 Improve recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

3.6 Increase campus engagement in social justice education and leadership opportunities.

The Equity Project

Each year, the Campus Diversity Committee offers professional development for faculty, staff and students called The Equity Project (TEP).  TEP offers ongoing opportunities to engage in social justice education and work towards Advancing Equity at Whatcom Community College.  Each year a topic is selected and WCC offers programming centered on a theme and a OneBook reading.  Activities include keynote speakers, Bento Box Workshops, campus discussions, films, and more. 

This year's Equity Project OneBook will be the highly acclaimed So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Through this text we will have an opportunity look at wider systemic issues that impact diversity, equity and inclusion-all through the perspective of a local author. The Equity Project will, at times, focus on the concept of intersectionality: the understanding that we simultaneously occupy multiple social positions and that these positions do not cancel each other out; they interact in complex ways that must be explored and understood. We will also stay committed to the work of our previous year by building relationships with our Coast Salish neighbors. We are looking forward to another transformative year.

Strategic Plan and Equity Plan Glossary

Diversity
Equity
Inclusion
Racial Equity
Equity Gap
Implicit Bias
Intersectional/ality
Social Justice
Systemically Non-dominant Groups
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Marginalized/Minoritized
Institutional Racism
Ally
Ethnicity
Race
Privilege
Power
Discrimination
Prejudice
Oppression
Racism
Institutional Racism
Glossary Sources