As the community’s College, WITCC is committed to making higher education more accessible, inclusive, and a space for all persons to thrive.
- In 2020, WITCC launched the Office of Inclusion. Revathi R. Vongsiprasom, J.D., Associate Dean of Inclusion leads the Office of Inclusion and the College’s efforts in this continuous and ever evolving journey towards equitability.
- The Office of Inclusion provides innovation, advocacy and leadership in how to continually cultivate an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming experience at WITCC. This is achieved through the development and implementation of institutional initiatives, policies, protocols and procedures under the framework of Inclusive Excellence.
- Inclusive Excellence Framework: This framework builds upon the pillars of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
- It is designed to help colleges and universities integrate diversity, equity, and educational quality efforts into their missions and institutional operations. It calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of democratic culture. It is an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities. – American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Diversity: Individual differences, (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences), group and social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, indigeneity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, and (dis)ability), historically underrepresented populations, and cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations – Adapted from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion. – American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect — in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions . – American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)