About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MCC
MCC is an academic community made up of individuals who reflect differences in sex, gender, nationality, culture, ethnicity, religion, color, race, skill, physical ability, country of origin, veteran status, migration status, and sexual orientation. For more than 50 years, the College has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of our students and our community. We are proud of our efforts thus far and are deeply committed to continuing to grow as a community that becomes more inclusive moving forward.
Valuing diversity requires a willingness to respect and understand the full range of thought, feeling, and viewpoints of all members of the College community. To achieve these ends, we strive to maintain open minds; we suspend judgment and seek others’ views and insights for consideration when making decisions and reaching conclusions. The MCC community supports learning activities that enhance our knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of diversity. To this end, we seek to expand our efforts to eradicate unconscious bias along the lines of misogyny, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, racism, ableism, class bias, and biases along religiosity and country of origin.
The value that the College places on diversity can best be summed up by our open access mission: we strive to make college available and affordable for all who seek higher education.
Inspiring a Mindful & Inclusive Community
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, a representative group of College faculty, staff and administrators, challenges the College community to explore how it can embrace diversity and further create an environment of inclusion.
The council strives to elevate diversity and inclusiveness as a core value embraced throughout the organization utilizing the strategic planning model with the purpose to:
- Develop and regularly review progress of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan to ensure continual improvement.
- Provide an annual summary to institutional leaders, students, faculty and staff, and the community on the progress of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan annual and multi-year goals.
- Actively promote and celebrate a culture that values diversity, inclusion, and equity.
- Formally recognize institutional leaders, students, faculty and staff, and the community who contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the College.
- Listen and engage the College community and its shared governance groups to foster an environment of shared responsibility and accountability in the implementation of the Diversity Action Plan and Strategic Plan as it relates to diversity.
- Plan, implement, and support activities and events which help to heighten awareness of issues related to diversity and provide greater opportunities for individuals to interact around issues of diversity and the search for shared meaning.
2018-2019 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
Chief Diversity Officer
Calvin J. Gantt
Char G. Bardques
*Michael J. Johnson
**Student representative from SGA (2) and SEGA (2)
**Please note that the student representatives have not been finalized for 2018-19