HCC Diversity and Inclusion Plan

In the spring of 2014 each campus was asked to develop supporting objectives (action items) that address each of the five (5) District Diversity and Inclusion goals.  The five goals and correlating objectives combine to make up the HCC Diversity and Inclusion Plan.  

All students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to become active in the D&I Plan launch and implementation, particularly with the objectives developed for your college or area.

Timeline

Creating an environment where differences, abilities and beliefs are respected.

Diversity & Inclusion Timeline

2009
Diversity task force/Diversity & Inclusion Council Charter established. 

2010
College definitions of Diversity & Inclusion drafted. Diversity & Inclusion Assessment Plan Developed. 

2011
Established nine (9) employee engagement diversity groups. Piloted “SAFE ZONE” Initiative and Cultural Competency Training.

2012
Diversity & Inclusion Council puts forth five (5) Goals for the District. Proposal for institution-wide “Diversity Champions Initiative.”
Introduced Diversity & Inclusion Scorecard (Assessment).

2013
Identify college and district objectives to support D&I Goals.
Present campus plans, support and monitor D&I activities.
Implement “Campus Diversity Forums” on multiple HCC campus sites. First year launch of district D&I plan. 

2014
Development of faculty/staff diversity recruitment and retention plan. Expansion of D&I Council membership including student representation. Development of district wide Diversity Resource Groups (DRG). Second year launch of D&I plan incorporating divisional objectives. 

 

Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Goal 1: HCC will promote the exploration and understanding of culture, diversity and inclusion by providing in-depth training and experiences that promote skills development resulting in cultural competency.

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Provide diversity and inclusion event or workshop for HCC Central faculty and staff.
  2. Promote other diversity and inclusion-related programming at Central College (lecture series, student events, etc.).

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Will host Diversity and Inclusion events throughout the calendar year. 

DISTRICT

  1. Host Multi-cultural symposium: half-day event with a subject-matter speaker, cultural displays and food samples.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Host one diversity and inclusion seminar each semester that will be open to students, faculty and staff. These seminars will cover various topics that celebrate, encourage and bring education and awareness regarding inclusivity throughout the college.
  2. Bring awareness to the college in regards to celebrating the difference in everyone by hosting “National Dialogue Day on Racism” in partnership with the Center for the Healing of Racism.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Develop an in-house college program: “Reading Culture.” Provide a window into the worlds of others through the viewpoint of books.
  2. Provide a series of training seminars to provide veterans with useful information and skills to develop their careers.

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Host Southeast Homecoming week and convocation and events sponsored by various student organizations.
  2. Develop “The Wall,” an organic process culminating in an event to process people’s perceptions and experiences regarding the image of the wall and the images (written and drawn) on the wall.

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Facilitate training opportunities for students, employees and community through in-service, seminars, festivals and special events.

Goal 2: HCC will support a process for the development of Diversity Resource Groups (DRGs) that engage all stakeholders and affirm the goals of the HCC D&I District Plan.

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Encourage the establishment of campus DRGs and connect them to the HCC Central D&I committeeCO.

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Further develop the college diversity and inclusion committee.
  2. Actively recruit members and support the formation of District DRGs.

DISTRICT

  1. During International Education Week, host a VIP Global Luncheon for local dignitaries and HCC Cabinet members.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Expand the D&I Committee by inviting more students, staff and faculty to be involved in the training and implementation of the D&I Plan.
  2. Encourage the formation and development of DRGs, the Student Life Department will hold orientations to inform students how to form specialized, cultural and interest groups that will highlight and celebrate them.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Maintain and update the membership of the Northwest College Diversity and Inclusion Committee in accordance with the guidelines established by the HCC Diversity and Inclusion Council Charter.

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Establish disability outreach and new resources for veteran employment and claims assistance.
  2. Connect Workforce Initiative with government entities in job creation.

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Develop Diversity Resource Groups that reflect the uniqueness of Southwest College and each of its campuses (e.g. Asians, African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics).

Goal 3: HCC will be a champion of accessibility by establishing standards that adhere to both the spirit and letter of the ADA.

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Inquiry or audit of ADA offices to assess daily challenges, student concerns, etc.
  2. Champion the purchase of captioning and other items that can assist students with hearing or visual impairments.

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Maximize accessibility for students and employees and use universal design where feasible and fiscally responsible.
  2. Design college website to adhere to ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications).

DISTRICT

  1. Host an ADA Symposium – a half-day event with several speakers, break-out sessions, workshop, Q&A, and networking sessions. July 23, 2015 held the week of the 25th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Host an ADA Awareness Day for faculty and staff to increase knowledge and awareness regarding ADA services, guidelines and requirements. 
  2. Student Life and Ability Services will raise Mental Health and disABILITIES Awareness through a series of events and forums that will be held throughout the academic year.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Provide in-depth training to faculty and staff regarding barriers to education and accommodation requirements.
  2. Collaborate with Veteran Services and provide an information session to HCC and the community about returning veterans and their needs.

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. ADA Council and Advisory Board to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding students, employment practices, accommodations, discrimination or harassment based on disability.

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Review HCC Southwest’s ADA standards for students, employees and visitors to assure criteria are met; and to make recommendations for criteria not addressed.

Goal 4: HCC will promote a learning culture that insures teamwork, communication, appreciation and accountability.

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Improve the utilization of the president’s cabinet as a forum for sharing employee concerns and contributions (feedback).
  2. Increase the executive team’s physical visibility throughout the college.

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Include employee appreciation and recognition in the 2012-2015 strategic plan.
  2. Provide annual training to employees and students on sensitivity training as it relates to patient care.

DISTRICT

  1. Host Ethics Workshop to include subjects such as working in teams, respect for others, collaborating with others and accountability for actions.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. In the academic arena, diverse speakers will be invited into the classroom to discuss and empower different matters that will focus around topics of gender, culture and origin. 
  2. In addition, the academic area will try to schedule field trips to various ethnic presentations around the Houston area.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Student Life Office will continue to provide educational, cultural and social opportunities for students that expose them to a well-rounded variety of cultural experiences through campus events and programming activities.
  2. Continue to implement a student support system comprised of “Safe Zone” for LGBTQ students.

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Hold employee recognition events: President’s Appreciation Day, Employee of the Month, Students’ Choice Award.
  2. Build HCC D&I philosophy into curricula and syllabi of various disciplines.

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Increase staff and faculty engagement in the planning and implementation of D&I activities. 
  2. Increase faculty “buy-in” and support of college activities that also involve student participation and cultural growth.

Goal 5: HCC will have a diverse, skilled workforce that strives to reflect the diversity of the community that it serves, and it will provide opportunity and pathways for all employees to grow and advance in their professions.

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Assess the current faculty and staff hiring pool statistics at Central College.
  2. Recommend new policies and procedures that would encourage employees to share expertise and skills broadly.

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Provide a college-specific orientation for both full-time and part-time employees that will assist in learning and developing a positive culture at the college.
  2. Monthly employee gatherings will be open to the HCC Coleman College Diversity and Inclusion Committee for programming and participation.

DISTRICT

  1. Propose changes to internal hiring process procedure evaluation – to promote fairness, balance and competitiveness.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Work through Northeast College Outreach in the community to recruit underserved populations to enroll in the vast workforce and academic programs offered by HCC.
  2. Northeast College Workforce Diversity Project will entail a process that will seek to recruit more underserved students from the identified zip codes. 

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Strive to have a diverse, skilled employee base that reflects the diversity of the community at every sector of the college.
  2. Explore and develop more specific professional development opportunities to help employees grow and advance in their professions.

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Encourage faculty and staff of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds to enroll and complete CLP and LEI.
  2. Enhance faculty scholar internship programs designed to recruit faculty for the academic departments.

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Provide professional development opportunities designed to enhance leadership skills.