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Rock Creek Council

Diversity Councils logoThe Rock Creek Diversity Council has traditionally provided programming during Fall In-service at Rock Creek Campus concerning how students experience their diversity as members of this community. The Diversity Council is interested in supporting cultural programming on the campus in any way possible. Tentative projects in which we hope to partner or assist include the annual Semana de Nosotrxs event.


To identify barriers to student success and campus equity, and to provide leadership for systemic change toward a more just, equitable, inclusive, and empowered campus community.


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


The Rock Creek Diversity Council envisions a campus community that embodies social justice, where everyone feels empowered and has access to resources to address injustice.

Definition of diversity

The unique characteristics or differences that each of us has.

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 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.