Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Diversity Councils: a network of people committed to a vision of PCC where everyone is valued and respected


The Rock Creek Diversity Council has traditionally provided programming during Fall Inservice at Rock Creek campus concerning how students experience their diversity as members of this community. Based on our discussions this year so far, the Diversity Council is interested in supporting cultural programming on the campus in any way possible. Tentative projects in which we hope to partner/assist include the annual Semana de la Raza.


To develop and maintain a campus climate that welcomes and promotes respect for the wide variety of human experience.


A commitment to education, civic participation, and economic well-being through innovation and growth driven by diverse perspective and ideas.


The Diversity Councils envision a transformed campus, in which the needs of all people are met where there is racial, social, and economic justice.

Definition of Diversity

The unique characteristics or difference that each of us have.

The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex/gender, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin and age.

The Problem Statement

The Diversity Councils addresses the problems of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and other forms of oppression within our campus community. 

  • We recognize that these problems cannot be faced in isolation from their broader social context.
  • We work to make the campus a model of social justice built on a thriving diversity, so that students, staff, and faculty can effect positive change in the culture and society beyond our campus.

Our Challenge

To continue to advance and incorporate diversity into every aspect of activity on Campus and at Centers, including: student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, community services and events. 

It is also to bring our observations and recommendations to the attention of the PCC district.

Our Charge

The Executive Administration endeavors to implement a campus-wide, multi-faceted, comprehensive diversity program that will accomplish the following goals:

  • Create a campus environment that welcomes students, faculty, staff and the public from diverse backgrounds
  • Promote values and practices that discourage intolerance and discrimination
  • Provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to develop intercultural competency
  • Include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extracurricular life of the campus community
  • Take proactive steps to increase and retain the representation of people from the diverse backgrounds among students, faculty and staff
  • Utilize underrepresented businesses in our purchasing and contracting when possible
  • Create partnerships and relationships that are inclusive of all segments of the community