The Rancho Santiago Community College District is committed to building an inclusive educational community that is reflective of those with whom we teach, engage and collaborate.
As one of the oldest community college districts in California, Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is stalwart amongst institutions of higher education and strives to enliven the principles that were etched by its founders. Motivated by a drive to provide cutting-edge learning and socially conscious programming, RSCCD agrees with the essential nature of growth and evolution.
In an effort to ensure substantive development is a standard, it is necessary to evaluate the character of educational implementation to guide the direction of the goals and outcomes the district seeks to achieve. Subsequently, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) was established with a primary focus to develop and build a more inclusive organization as related to race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation for our students, faculty, staff and the bevy of learners residing outside of our campus boundaries.
Developing successful diversity programs includes analyzing the impacts of our national history in today's environment, so we can make changes for tomorrow to ensure equity is achieved in our campuses, district and ultimately communities, today.
Our Mission is to advance efforts to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into our academic and employment tapestry and escort all learners into a transformational experience that more effectively readies them to engage the world with a renewed understanding. The praxis of the blueprint upon which the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is founded will provide a myriad of learning opportunities for all. Ultimately, the learner will be set upon an educational pathway of paramount importance to achieve academic excellence, create and sustain a culture that celebrates diversity, is equitable and inclusive throughout the organization and to afford every stakeholder a voice.
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Our Vision reinforces the Board of Trustees' core values of diversity, equity and inclusion by recognizing the importance of diverse viewpoints, equitable learning, and promoting the richness of our cultures. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion aims to espouse these values to attract and retain diverse individuals, to listen, to educate, and to advance professional and personal development.
RSCCD promotes diversity, equity and inclusion through our projects, curriculum and programs. We are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace where employees can feel welcomed and accepted. Our aim is to foster a creative and innovative workplace where all employees feel a sense of belonging.
Our DEI training follows an integrated approach which includes online training, assessments and live moderated discussions. The training will be rolled out in phases to allow for deeper analysis and engagement.
In addition to the training programs, we have developed other initiatives that include allyship, mentorship and networking.
We are also excited to introduce the Rancho Academy. This project provides career readiness and placement in the California Community College system. Our program promotes diversity in teaching and student services.
If you are interested in th Rancho Academy, contact us.
ODEI Office Hours: Every Thursday 4 pm to 5 pm.
Contact us at 714-480-7511
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