Diversity and Inclusion at Germanna
Germanna Community College is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in its student body, among its employees, and in its curriculum and instruction. Our commitment is based not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it enables the College to be more successful in the increasingly diverse communities we serve.
First, our mission is one of equity in access and success. No one should be left behind because of who they are or where they come from. Every student or potential student should succeed at the College and in the based on their abilities and efforts. Too often, higher education reproduces the inequities in our society. As one of American “democracy’s colleges,” Germanna strives to open doors to all. Therefore, our recruitment and student success efforts, our teaching methods and curriculum, and our events and activities all should reflect and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms: race, gender, ethnicity, age, thinking, geographical background, viewpoints and philosophies, and so on.
Second, the communities we serve have been diverse and are increasingly so, with growth in Hispanics and the foreign born and more and more citizens from throughout the nation coming here to live and work. To best serve such diversity, our workforce should itself be similarly diverse. A diverse workforce also provides internal role models and mentors for more individual students and employees.
Finally, as our mission is both awareness and education, it is incumbent on us to teach about the world in all of its diverse manifestations, its geography, its demography, its arts, cultures and religions. What we teach and how we teach must reflect and promote diversity, equity and inclusion in this largest sense.
David A. Sam, President2017 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report
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Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity
In the summer of 2013, Chancellor Glenn Dubois created the Chancellor’s Diversity Task Force, which was charged with identifying strategies, actions, programs, and policies that will enable Virginia’s Community Colleges to build inclusive and representative communities. The recommendations of the Task Force include tangible strategies designed to result in desired outcomes linked to the strategic goals of the system, and are designed to make the VCCS a model for diversity that is reflective of our aspiration to be a high performance organization and a world-class community college system.