Harper College

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) 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, the Office of DEI strives to attract and retain students and employees from diverse backgrounds and foster greater connections with our local community members and business partners.

Diversity Statement

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:

  • Operate from an individual and collective awareness of the dynamics of social identity and inequality
  • Respect, value, and learn from a wide range of ideas and perspectives
  • Advocate for equity, recognizing that equal treatment may not be sufficient to achieve success for all people
  • Identify and remove unjust barriers that limit our realization of an inclusive community

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.

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.

Student Learning Objectives

As a result of engaging with the DEI office, students will:

  • Gain exposure to individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Understand context and situations from multiple perspectives.
  • Recognize the various roles diversity plays in a global society.
  • Appreciate differences across a spectrum of identities.

Quick Links

  • Attend an upcoming DEI event!
  • Reserve space in the Cultural Center (For Faculty, Staff, and Student Organizations)
  • Reserve office hours in the Cultural Center (For Faculty) 
  • Access online Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training (For Faculty and Staff)

Contact Us

For more information, contact Dr. Tamara A. Johnson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at jt03888@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6397.

For general questions about DEI at harper, please email: harperdei@harpercollege.edu

Connect with us on Instagram: @harperdei

Last Updated: 5/20/24