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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

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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. 

Resources

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's Disability Resources Center BCC's TRiO Student Support Services BCC's Multicultural Student Support Services (MSSO)
BCC's Student Veteran Alliance Jonathan Edwards Library Resources: Anti-systemic Racism Resources: Black & Native American Focus

Jonathan Edwards Library Resources:
Fostering Inclusion

 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 work.

 


Last updated: July 29, 2020