The mission of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council at Berkshire Community
College is to build a culture of acceptance, a commitment to social justice, and educate
ourselves and our community about the relationship between privilege and power.
We dedicate ourselves to concrete and actionable steps that will dismantle the systems
of oppression that exclude people based on differences. We commit to centering the
voices of people whose experiences are ignored. We identify our own privileges and
the way we benefit from systems that oppress others, we will use those privileges
to protect and amplify those who are not given similar systemic advantages.
We recognize that there is a fundamental connection between individual reflection
and action and greater collective change. As individuals and as a college, we commit
to examining and challenging our biases with the goals of: creating a feeling of belonging,
connectedness, and safety for all; investing in the personal growth of students and
all who work at BCC; and working toward a community where no one is oppressed, set
aside, or exploited. We believe that the education of ourselves, our students, and
our community is key to creating a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society,
and commit to the continued learning and action that will lead to change.
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The College's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is realized through the
efforts of its on-campus student support services that help all of our students thrive.
In addition, these support services help educate and train faculty and staff on how
to build more equitable and inclusive opportunities for their colleagues, neighbors,
friends, students and communities.
BCC and Community Events - Past, Present, & Future
In its commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and in holding true to creating
a sense of community for all - the College has helped create or support a number of
initiatives, events and activities for its campus and its community.
Below are some of those activities, organized by what's upcoming, what's already happening,
and what has already occurred, to help conjure a sense of the scope of the important
Last updated: July 29, 2020