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. 

2015
Recipient institution of the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.  1st Annual HCC Diversity Champion Award, honoring 1 faculty, 1 staff and 1 student for excellence in diversity. Chartering of first system wide Diversity Resource Group (DRG) – Veterans. 3rd year launch of college-wide Diversity & Inclusion Plan.

 

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.

Instructional Services

  1. Foster a more robust, culturally responsive pedagogy that is implemented system-wide within all courses, the HCC Institute for Instructional Engagement and Development (IIED) will focus and develop a D&I theme for the 2016 Faculty Awards and Student Engagement Innovation Symposium. Faculty will be exposed to peers’ best teaching and learning strategies that are culturally sensitive to the diverse populations represented throughout the HCC System.

Student Services

  1. Partner with faculty leadership to provide part-time faculty opportunities for greater engagement, input, and feedback on cultural competency and skill development.
  2. Student Services and Student Life will incorporate recommendations from the Student/Police Dialogues, focusing on HCC students and law enforcement relationships, aimed at enhancing an academic environment that is culturally receptive and conducive to learning for student success. 

Finance & Administration

  1. Provide cultural awareness training to faculty and staff system-wide to assist in understanding diverse student behaviors based on cultures – Employee On-line Learning platform (Human Resources) & Student/Police Dialogues (HCC Police Department)

Innovation, Planning & Institutional Analytics

  1. Offer Salzburg Seminar and other global education and training opportunities for both staff and students, identifying specific activities related to global education and culture.
  2. Host and sponsor one college-wide training/learning opportunity focused on diversity and inclusiveness, promoting values of successful integration of employees and students in the institutional culture, positively impacting retention efforts of both groups.

 

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Hold three (3) student and employee forums on the following topics:
    • Best practices addressing racial discrimination
    • “Natural Hair,” – Part II
    • Open Carry Gun Laws/Campus Safety

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Host a “Café Dialogue” program as part of the annual Coleman College “tea times” during the summer months, allowing students, faculty and staff to discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion.
  2. 2. Provide “lunch-and-learn” sessions for students, faculty and staff to acquire cultural skills competencies of special populations.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Host a series of educational “round-table” discussions that challenge cultural myths, allowing students, faculty and staff to learn, encourage, and celebrate differences and similarities.
  2. Increase awareness of the greater Houston area (most diverse city in the country) and HCC Northeast, sponsoring one (1) cultural field trip per semester in partnership with the HCC Northeast D&I committee.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Provide training to address the issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students, faculty and staff in the college community (Safe Zone, OUTSA, etc.).
  2. Further develop and promote the “Empowering Women“ comprehensive workshops to address issues related to women’s work, education, safety (Title IX), health and gender inequality

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. 1. Host, promote and sponsor events held by the various chartered student organizations at Southeast College (ISO, MALSA, Black Student Association, Pop Culture Club, etc.) and encourage the development of new student organizations.
  2. Develop and create a college-wide on-line chronicle (archived calendar) of previous, current and future D&I events, highlighting the diversity efforts facilitated by both employees and students at HCC Southeast.

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Host a college sponsored program in which students, faculty and staff can engage in both targeted and open dialogue that will increase cultural knowledge and help create a deeper understanding and tolerance – “Café Dialogues.”
  2. Organize and implement a campus-wide event in which students, faculty, staff and community members can experience diverse cultures from around the world, increasing cultural competencies and customs derived nationally and internationally – “SW College International Festival” – held at all three campuses (Missouri City, West Loop and Stafford).

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.

Instructional Services

  1. Realign the Instructional Services D&I Committee to ensure inclusion of personnel representing the new divisional structure (Centers of Excellence), incorporating members of the faculty (Workforce and Academic, Adjunct and Full-time), staff, students, instructional leadership.

Student Services

  1. Develop and consolidate a Student Services Diversity Resource Group (DRG) to plan, record, and analyze the annual goals and objectives of the Division of Student Services here at HCC.
  2. Recruit and assist HCC students to serve as members on the System-wide ADA Council, encouraging participation from students who are not overcommitted to other institutional responsibilities or organizations.

Finance & Administration

  1. Expand the Finance & Administration D&I Committee, adding representation from the Departments of Information Technology and Financial Aid.

Innovation, Planning & Institutional Analytics

  1. Engage key institutional leaders and stakeholders in analyzing data and special studies to better understand and address organizational challenges (barriers) and recruitment paying particular attention to diverse and underrepresented student populations, loss of women and minority faculty and staff.

 

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Recruit new members for the HCC Central College Diversity & Inclusion Committee during the Fall 2015 semester, requesting representation from HCC Central major departments and offices (faculty, staff and students).

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Expand Coleman College D&I committee membership, including staff, faculty and student representation from various departments across the college.
  2. Develop sub-committees within the Coleman College D&I committee to target specific tasks/ goals, and ensure they are accomplished within designated timeframes.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Support and educate student about the District D&I Plan and Diversity Resource Group (DRG) development and relevance, providing them with literature and resources on how to development and implement programs and activities that support the HCC Northeast D&I Plan.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Maintain and update the membership of the Northwest College D&I committee in accordance with guidelines established by the HCC D&I Council Charter.

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Host “Workplace Diversity, Inclusion and Unity” workshop and training (held every spring semester), providing guest presenters and speakers that highlight academic (student) and employee (faculty and staff) success measures when implementing intentional and improved campus cultural awareness.
  2. Host Title IX required events (Prevention of Sexual Harassment & Abuse, Prevention of Domestic Violence, etc.), Mental Health Awareness Week and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention – promoting the development of DRG’s that provide awareness and resources to all Southeast campus attendees

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Recruit and increase the membership of the Southwest College D&I committee, working strategically with campus leaders to appoint area representatives to serve as committee members.
  2. HCC SW College D&I Committee members will conduct a college-wide survey (focusing on faculty and staff) to identify the interest and need for targeted diversity resource groups, and begin the chartering process outlined by the D&I Council charter to gain recognition system-wide.

Goal 3: HCC will be a champion of accessibility by establishing standards that adhere to both the spirit and letter of the american with disabilities act (ADA).

Instructional Services

  1. Partnering with other district-wide departments and organizations (HR, ADA Council, Abilities Services) the Division of Instructional Services will ensure that instructional leaders and faculty (Adjunct and Full-time) are trained and knowledgeable of ADA standards and requirements and are prepared to address issues within the classroom.

Student Services

  1. Collaborate with the HCC ADA Council to provide at least 12 trainings for faculty, reviewing the ADA intake process, ADA laws and regulations and faculty requirements to properly provide reasonable accommodations to diverse student needs.
  2. Create a standing committee of ADA Council members that review website accessibility for students with varying abilities (ADA), including student representation in all aspects of assessment.

Finance & Administration

  1. Work collaboratively with each college/campus, the Division of Finance and Administration will conduct a baseline audit of all existing structure facilities system-wide to identify any and all areas documented as non ADA compliant.

Innovation, Planning & Institutional Analytics

  1. Establish a division-wide committee aimed at promoting awareness of ADA compliance practices, partnering with the HCC ADA Council and the Office of Institutional Equity (Diversity & Inclusion), to host trainings and meetings pertinent to national best practices in higher education.
  2. Work collaboratively with the Division of Finance and Administration, the Division of Innovation, Planning and Institutional Analytics will establish a standardized measurement tool to document current spaces within the college requiring attention to insure compliance of ADA guidelines of accessibility, resulting in a facility database for priority response and plan of development.

 

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Develop and implement assessment tool for persons with varying abilities (ADA) at HCC Central, pertaining to access to of all buildings and grounds (focusing on heavy construction periods). OLE
  2. Re-label and advertise Mother’s Express (Lactation) Room – change to be potentially implemented system-wide.

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Reassign restrooms to accommodate gender neutral campus constituents, complying with national ADA regulations.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Educate employees during college-wide in-service on Disability FAQ’s to ensure compliance and adherence to ADA accommodation requests.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Collaborate with Veteran Services to provide information sessions to HCC Northwest and the community regarding returning veterans and their needs – PTSD, TBI, and other conditions covered under the ADA laws.
  2. Organize an “ADA Awareness Day” that provides information about varying abilities (disabilities) and disorders, resources and services available to faculty, staff and students.

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Provide outreach resources to faculty and staff regarding ADA laws as they pertain to students:
    • Classroom and office visits providing ADA guidelines and requirements to faculty (adjunct and full-time)
    • Documentation of meetings held with faculty confirming attendance and application of ADA regulations.

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. In collaboration with the SW College ADA Counselor develop an approved checklist to identify ADA non-compliant facility accommodations (Fall 2015 Semester), resulting in recommendations and time conscious timeframes that assure ADA regulations are met at all campuses.
  2. Develop a comprehensive, itemized list of ADA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining

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

Instructional Services

  1. Host a staff-focused event, sponsored by the divisional D&I committee and executive leadership, to promote and foster professional teamwork, communication, appreciation and accountability among all levels of supervision represented throughout the division.

Student Services

  1. Develop a divisional Reading Discussion Group for Student Services leaders, focusing on teamwork, collaboration, accountability and cultural awareness.

Finance & Administration

  1. Develop, sponsor and host a divisional event allowing all employees represented within the division of Finance and Administration to discover the multiple cultures.

Innovation, Planning & Institutional Analytics

  1. Develop and implement a system-wide survey, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Equity (Diversity & Inclusion), to assess employee feedback on the impact of the diversity and inclusion efforts on the overarching college climate.

 

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Establish, promote and host open forums for students, faculty and staff to express diversity and inclusion related concerns.

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Develop and implement all-campus employee engagement events (General Assembly, Field Day, etc.) to promote a welcoming environment, celebrating campus culture and diversity.
  2. Host the annual “Coleman College Simulation Day,” encouraging and instructing students and faculty (from varying healthcare disciplines) on how to culturally engage with diverse populations through intensive diversity and inclusion scenarios.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. 1. Host and sponsor student DRG’s activities that promote cultural arts education, highlighting the comprehensive diversity of various age groups, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds represented at HCC Northeast.
  2. Sponsor and host large scale teamwork activities, programs, and seminars that foster community building for campus faculty, staff and students – “Houston Cultural Scavenger Hunt” (highlighting cultural diversity and history), etc.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Host programs and trainings that provide knowledge and exposure to diverse cultures, ideas, points of views and human experiences – “The REEL Culture Film and Speaker Series” (held at the Spring Branch Campus) and “The Pandora’s Box Film and Speaker’s Series” (held at Katy and Alief Campuses).\
  2. The International Student Organization will host student forums to strengthen Global IQ and social skills necessary to become future leaders in the international community – “Voices Without Borders.”

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Design and implement cross-cultural and gender studies seminars informed and facilitated via mythopoetic imagination (“Women in Literature” course), increasing understanding of individual (personal/self) and others’ social and cultural identities.

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Develop and administer a Diversity & Inclusion survey to collect and gather data from students, faculty and staff on their opinions and suggestions of the D&I activities and events held at the HCC SW campuses.
  2. Provide cross-cultural communication training for students, faculty and staff that will expose campus constituents to effective and culturally appropriate methods of intercultural communication – “Culture Bump” cross-cultural communication approach.

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.

Instructional Services

  1. Development of a new plan for the Faculty Intern Program in 2016-2017, assessing viability of the initiative including the number of interns, Centers of Excellence represented by selected interns, cost, recruiting process and timeline for implementation.

Student Services

  1. Conduct data collection and analysis on diversity variance of both student and employee populations at each campus, increasing cultural representation in areas not ethnically represented.
  2. Provide customer service training that focuses on the variance between employees and students to improve worldview empathy and greater student engagement.

Finance & Administration

  1. Develop and implement the HCC Faculty and Staff Diversity Recruitment and Retention Plan, collaborating with the Office of Institutional Equity and Human Resources.

Innovation, Planning & Institutional Analytics

  1. Work collaboratively with Human Resources, the staff and faculty to develop training modules related to diversity and inclusion, ensuring that all employees are properly trained on all policies and procedures related to inclusive behaviors.

 

CENTRAL COLLEGE

  1. Create a standing HCC Central D&I review panel to address relevant diversity and inclusion questions from faculty and staff, resulting in campus implemented cultural professional trainings.

COLEMAN COLLEGE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

  1. Implement New Employee Onboarding Program to be developed under new Coleman College President, focusing and highlighting college-specific resources and services that foster successful employee integration into the new academic culture and environment.
  2. Development of new employee appreciation event, highlighting diversity and accomplishments of Coleman College faculty and staff.

NORTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Host Northeast campus End of the Year (EOY) job fair, highlighting workforce programs and opportunities for HCC Northeast students and employees.
  2. Provide opportunities for employees to attend conferences and seminars that are workforce program related, providing professional development training and resources to be shared with campus colleagues and students.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Participate in training opportunities outlined in the D&I Plan of HCC Northwest, encouraging all employees to actively participate and engage in all aspects of implementation. Training received will be counted as professional development activities in the employee evaluation process.

SOUTHEAST COLLEGE

  1. Develop and promote HCC Southeast’s student mentoring program (Society of Eagle Mentors) where students of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds are paired with faculty and staff to support and engage the multifaceted cultures represented within the Southeast campus and surrounding community

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE

  1. Review the diversity of all personnel - professional and academic - represented (hired) at Southwest College, focusing on underrepresented populations (Veterans, Age 50+, persons with varying abilities (ADA), etc.), encouraging all hiring authorities to make conscious efforts to increase the diversity of constituents within every sector of the college.
  2. Develop and implement more specific professional development opportunities aimed at growth and advancement (or broadening of current skillsets) for all employees to advance in their respective professional disciplines – skill workshops, job enrichment, job rotation, industry certifications, special projects, shadowing/mentoring, etc.