Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Last updated on March 28th, 2022 at 11:02 am
Westchester Community College Official Diversity Statement
Westchester Community College fosters an intentionally inclusive campus culture that celebrates and respects the diversity of the community while acknowledging the differences among the lived experiences of individuals. The college will promote equity, disseminate knowledge, and take visible actions to remove barriers to access and advancement that adversely affect individuals from marginalized communities.
As a Westchester Community College core value, the work of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion belongs to every member of the WCC community and includes ensuring greater representation of individuals from all backgrounds in every part of the college. The mission of the college focuses on providing accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community, especially since WCC has the distinction as both a Minority-Serving and Hispanic Serving Institution. Through our daily interactions throughout the WCC community, we seek ways to actively promote and recognize principles of fairness and equity. This is done in collaboration with various members of our community, including faculty, staff and students. Our office is led by Dr. Rinardo Reddick, who serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at WCC.
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to the urgent, sustained, and comprehensive work of creating a welcoming campus climate in which all members are valued and have a voice. We do so by keeping fairness and accessibility in higher education at the heart of our policies and procedures. We value a deep, collective understanding that an institutional and personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is a genuine commitment to meaningful, lifelong learning.
The DEI office strives to promote stimulating conversations, fostering an environment that promotes civic engagement, widening perspectives, encouraging innovation and connecting people.
In efforts to continuously improve the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a team of campus partners work together to envision a strategic plan that embodies the mission and vision of the institution. Here you can find the current plan.
DEI Advisory Committee
The college’s dedication to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion is fostered by the administration and supported by various committees:
The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has developed various Action Teams that are working collaboratively to examine various institutional policies and procedures to ensure compliance and to ensure that DEI Core values are engrained in the general college operations. These teams include faculty, staff and students.
Each time the college forms a Search Committee for a new employee, a member of the committee serves as the Affirmative Action Representative, to ensure that there is a commitment to review qualified applicants with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
The college has a variety of active committees who work on extensive, annual celebrations, such as Hispanic culture, African American culture, Asian culture, and LGBTQI+.
Awards and Achievements
In addition, the college was honored in 2009 with a Northeast Regional Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) making the college eligible for the prestigious Charles Kennedy Equity Award.
Dr. Rinardo Reddick
Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator