Recognizing the inherent value and dignity of each person, MCC is committed to valuing, promoting and supporting diversity within the college and the community it serves. These essential principles deepen the experience the students, faculty and staff obtain inside the classroom and out. MCC is dedicated to upholding diversity, equity and inclusivity by: establishing policies that promote inclusion across campus; creating a welcoming environment representative of our diverse community; and allowing the classroom to be a trusted space for a variety of perspectives. This is not the work that can be done by a select few, but a whole campus that works together.
DIVERSITY includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. While diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender, we embrace a broader definition of diversity that also includes age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. Our definition also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, and values. We also recognize that individuals affiliate with multiple identities.
EQUITY is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
INCLUSION is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. It’s important to note that while an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group isn’t always inclusive. Increasingly, recognition of unconscious or ‘implicit bias’ helps organizations to be deliberate about addressing issues of inclusivity.
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The purpose of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is to work collaboratively to promote the goals of accepting, respecting, and valuing differences. The goal of the committee is to foster an environment in which every student has access to the education, support, and resources they need to be self-empowered and to succeed at MCC and beyond. MCC has an active Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity committee that has supported:
- Creating gender-inclusive bathroom signage
- Establishing a preferred name policy and procedure for academic technology
- Creating a referral process from Workforce Development into programs, especially related to ESL students
- Community events, e.g.,“Taste of Ukraine”
- Climate data surveys about DEI in 2017 and 2021
Upcoming and recent events include:
- Therapy Dogs in the Library
- 12,000 Years of NH History Presentation