The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is dedicated to eliminating systemic barriers that impact the educational and professional advancement of historically underrepresented students, staff and faculty to create a culture that affirms the identities of all people. By analyzing data, revising institutional policies and practices and offering a range of programs, trainings, services and resources, ODEI strives to attract and retain students and employees from diverse backgrounds and foster greater connections with our local community members and business partners.
Harper College aspires to build, strengthen, and maintain a respectful and safe community where inclusivity and the open exchange of ideas are encouraged and supported. It is only when our learning and working environments intentionally embrace and embody diverse perspectives and people that we can move toward a just society.
It is our personal and shared responsibility to:
We are fully committed to sustaining an environment where individual differences and identities are recognized as strengths. Harper College is dedicated to supporting our diverse campus and fostering student success as a means of achieving equity in our society and the world.
The creation of a fully inclusive community is an ongoing process. This statement and its implementation at Harper College will continue to evolve alongside our diverse and changing community.
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.
As a result of engaging with the DEI office, students will: