Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Toward our Preferred Future

"What is our preferred future? How will we as an institution of higher learning maintain our commitment to equity and social justice, and honor diverse ideas and perspectives—the very tenets of a plural democracy? We must provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to listen, to learn and to better understand the perspectives of others—especially those with whom we do not agree." Mark Mitsui, January 19, 2017

At the heart of PCC is a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. These values are essential to the college’s mission—our promise that higher education and opportunity should be open to everyone in our community.

PCC President Mark Mitsui is committed to fostering equitable student success at the college through the new Preferred Future initiative.

As part of this effort, the Office of the President has pledged to increase awareness of tools, resources and learning opportunities with a particular focus on community-building, civic engagement, and dialogue across difference.

You Belong. Let’s Talk.

Downloadable resources

We at PCC acknowledge and understand that the path to success is often difficult and challenging for many of our students. We also understand that the current social-political climate in the United States has presented additional challenges and uncertainties for our current and prospective students.

The “You Belong” promise is one of many ways that we as members of the PCC community can both demonstrate and enact our commitment to all of our students and staff, especially to those who may be feeling most vulnerable. By downloading and displaying this poster, you agree to create a welcoming space and to communicate toward understanding, particularly with those with whom you might disagree. Also available for download is a flier summarizing support resources.

Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities

There are a variety of upcoming events and learning opportunities focused on building dialogue, civic engagement, and giving voice to the many identities that make up our PCC community.

Featured Event: PCC Remembers Executive Order 9066
Tuesday, February 21 | 2–4pm | PCC Southeast Campus Community Hall
This year marks the 75th anniversary of executive order 9066 — the presidential act, born of hatred and fear, that sent more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II. Join PCC for a panel discussion of the events that fueled this decision, and parallels to today’s public discourse. Together let’s envision a future where all peoples, regardless of origin, are able to equitably access a successful future.

Submit your event to be added to the calendar.


Across the college, there are dedicated teams of individuals committed to making PCC a more inclusive, welcoming space for all learners. Visit their pages to learn more about how these groups are shaping PCC’s community.

For Faculty & Staff

There are special concerns and opportunities when it comes to facilitating conversations across difference in the classroom. There are a variety of resources available to PCC instructors and faculty foster an inclusive learning environment where challenging conversations can happen with courage and honesty. 

  • Speakers/Practitioners Bureau: Invite a guest speaker into your classroom to share a new perspective or to engage your students in a conversation related to your subject area. Find a speaker ››
  • TLC professional development and trainings: The TLCs offer a variety of sessions for faculty related to teaching, including addressing diversity and inclusion in the classroom. View the TLC schedule ››
  • Professional Development: For instructors and staff looking to explore professional development opportunities related to equity and inclusion, we encourage you to take advantage of the trainings and classes available through Professional and Organizational Development. View opportunities ››

For Immigrant & International Students, Faculty & Staff

President Trump has issued executive orders banning the entry of citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and suspending the entry of refugees into the United States. These actions have caused questions and concerns. The below links include information and resources, but faculty, staff and students with legal questions about specific personal and family circumstances are strongly encouraged to know you rights and to seek legal advice.

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