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Ivy Tech Community College is Committed to Building a Stronger Indiana.

At Ivy Tech Community College, we honor and appreciate diversity, equity, and belonging as essential elements of a highly-functioning society.  We are working every day to build educational environments that respect and affirm the unique contributions of each individual, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or political affiliation.  We strive to put diversity, equity, and inclusion into practice by graduating culturally literate individuals who will make positive contributions to local communities, and through recruitment and retention of talented faculty and staff who reflect our great state of Indiana.  All belong at Ivy Tech.   

Diversity:
At Ivy Tech Community College we honor and appreciate the diversity of our students, employees, and community. Ivy Tech seeks to embody individuals who vary in terms of race, national/ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental ability, socioeconomic status, religious preference, veteran status, and citizenship, in the service of learning.

Equity:
Ivy Tech Community College seeks to create opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access in hiring, compensating, promoting, providing services for, educating, and overall support.

Belonging:
The active, intentional and ongoing engagement Ivy Tech Community College has with diversity – in its college community, in its curriculum, in its offices and workplace, and in the communities it serves. A sense of belonging refers to perceived social support on campus or in one’s department, a feeling or sensation of connectedness, and the experience of mattering or feeling cared about, accepted, respected, valued by, and important to the campus community, including peers, colleagues, faculty, and staff. Ivy Tech seeks to provide a sustained welcoming and protected environment for all people, regardless of their background and identity, as all belong at Ivy Tech.

Learn more about Ivy Tech's Strategic Plan: Goal 8  


Letter from the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Belonging 

Greetings Ivy Tech Community:  

 I am honored to write to you as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging for Ivy Tech Community College. I believe strongly in the mission of community college education and the tremendous impact we have throughout the state. I look forward to working with you to achieve five clear goals that are embedded in the College’s strategic plan, within Goal 8. These priorities will guide the work of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging (ODEB): 

  1. Eliminate systemic inequities for students 

  2. Leverage leadership’s power and privilege to drive positive change 

  3. Implement new structures to ensure faculty and staff diversity 

  4. Increase diversity in leadership 

  5. Ensure everyone in our college community feels they belong 

 Students are at the core of Ivy Tech’s mission and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging works to furthers that mission. From a student’s first interaction with Ivy Tech, through graduation and beyond, the student experience should be unique yet familiar across the state. The work that we do should allow students to have such an experience where every individual feels they belong. The better we appreciate and understand our diverse perspectives, the more cohesive and engaged our students, faculty, and staff will be, which will result in a stronger college, workforce, and Indiana community. 

Over the past five months, I have had the unique opportunity to meet so many students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to creating a strong culture of equity and belonging. I am completely inspired by the commitment at the College, at all levels of leadership, to make Ivy Tech a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. 

The work belongs to all of us. I will depend upon your expertise, thoughts, and opinions and urge you to share them with me throughout the work we will do together. 
 

Yours in service, 

Doneisha L. Posey, Esq. 
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging 

Diversity Series: Words Matter... Reflecting a True Sense of Belonging with our Communication

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Belonging is honoring our commitment to serve as a resource and create a space for belonging and professional development. As we live, work, learn, and create during this time, we are going to start with a virtual series of Lunch and Learns to support our Ivy Tech community. Feel free to grab your food and join us each Tuesday during the month of July.   

Please register 48 hours in advance of the session(s) to ensure you receive the Zoom link in time.

Upcoming Events

July 28: Pronouns
Gender pronouns are third-person pronouns that we use in the English language that identify a person or something a person possesses, like he/him/his, they/them/theirs, she/her/hers, etc. There are many people who use pronouns other than those they were assigned at birth, such as transgender, gender non-conforming, and nonbinary people. Using the right gender pronouns is a great and easy way to show each other respect, value, and a sense of belonging.

Faculty members can establish a respectful and inclusive learning environment within the classroom setting through role modeling appropriate pronoun usage. Let students know that the creation of an inclusive and respectful learning environment includes referring to others by their pronouns and names.


Catch Up on Past Diversity Series Events

July 2020

July 21: Disability Etiquette
A basic understanding of disability etiquette can help make everyone feel more comfortable when interacting with colleagues with disabilities and can help prevent awkward situations. Disability etiquette refers to respectful communication and interaction with people who have disabilities.

July 14: Racial Microaggressions
According to the Oxford Dictionary, A microaggression is a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority. In this training, we will learn how to create awareness surrounding the common occurrences of microaggressions, explore outcomes, and discover techniques to minimize the occurrences of microaggressions and ways to response when someone has been microaggressive.

Racial Microaggressions Powerpoint


June 2020

Special Event: Message of Hope with Murdock

June 2: The Disproportionate Realities of COVID-19 and the African American Community 

COVID-19 is affecting African Americans in alarming and disproportionate ways. African Americans are contracting and dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than many populations. Why is this the case? 

Speaker: Dr. Virginia Caine, Director, Marion County Public Health Department 

June 9: The Working Parent/Caretaker Experience 

Working parents and caretakers all over the world are now taking on the role of parent, teacher, cafeteria cook, tutor and entertainer while attempting to work from home. What impact is COVID-19 having on working parents and caretakers? 

June 16: Advocating for the LGBTQ community 
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the lives and livelihoods of many in the LGBTQ Community are at risk amidst the COVID-19 Crisis. In addition to the greater risk of health complications this community may face as a result of COVID-19, LGBTQ Americans are more likely to live in poverty and lack access to adequate medical care and other basic necessities during the pandemic. 

June 23: COVID-19 and Managing Mental Health and Other Disability Concerns 
Uncertainty brings anxiety, sadness and fear. The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health and has certainly affected people with other disabilities. Let’s talk about it. 

Mental Health Series Powerpoint PDF

June 30: Staying Connected in a Virtual World 
While we are working remotely and priorities have shifted, how has mentorship and networking been impacted by COVID-19? Engage to learn tips for ensuring you stay connected with your network and how to sustain your professional relationships from afar. 

Connected in a Virtual World Resource

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