Diversity Statement

Our vision is to enrich our world by educating culturally literate students who recognize the opportunities of and make positive contributions to a global society.

  • We create a culture of scholarship, integrity and innovation rooted in the diversity of our Harper community.
  • We inspire our Harper community to believe that there is a transformative impact when people from different world views work together collaboratively.
  • We partner with our community to demonstrate that it is possible for people of all viewpoints and persuasions to respect and learn from each other.

We are committed to fully engaging the wealth of thought, backgrounds, languages and life experiences of our students, colleagues and community to foster an environment of academic excellence and student success.

Equity Statement

The core values at Harper College include providing equity in learning, teaching, and working environments for all students, faculty, and staff. While equality involves treating everyone the same way regardless of their starting points and needs, equity is based upon the principles of fairness. Equity acknowledges that everyone has a different starting point and individual needs. It means meeting people where they are and providing them with support and opportunities essential to accomplishing their goals.

Our commitment to equity at Harper involves providing support and access to resources for all members of the college community and finding solutions to remedy academic equity gaps for students. Our institution will identify inequities and remove structural barriers faced by underserved populations. We will adopt practices and support services that promote equitable participation in educational programs and the equal opportunity for everyone to achieve their full potential. We will promote a culture of inclusion, work to bring about social justice, and advance sustainable change to support the success of all members of the Harper College
community.