Community colleges exist in spaces where political, social and technological forces converge, fundamentally altering the educational landscape in increasingly challenging ways. Innovation in higher education must reflect a commitment to improving equitable outcomes for all of BCC's learners as well as creating a campus culture that fosters a sense of belonging for everyone. With that said, the seemingly simple addition of the word "equity" to each of the College's goals boldly reinforces this commitment throughout the strategic plan.
Over the next five years, BCC must strengthen its position as a nimble and creative leader in the Berkshires. As an institution that has received accolades for student success strategies, the College can build upon this foundation to identify and make necessary improvements. From a newly designed One Stop that creates a single point of contact for students, to a thriving Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation, the College has responded resoundingly to calls for change. Yet, this work is never done.
Stay tuned for updates coming soon on our Philosophy of Inclusion, the results and following actions of BCC's first Diversity and Equity Climate Survey, and more as part of an inclusive process to create the College's first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan.
Toni Buckley, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion