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Multicultural

Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement

Through campus and community engagement, COCC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion fosters equity and cultural understanding, promotes a respectful learning and work environment that supports student success, and provides culturally relevant assistance to current and perspective under-represented and under-served students.

Diversity and Inclusion has the following main responsibilities:

  • The recruitment and retention (student success) of under-represented and under-served students with a focus on Native American and Latino high school and college students. The Native American and Latino Program Coordinators provide personal advising, academic coaching, and cultural culturally relevant support to college students.  The Latino College Preparation Program Coordinator teaches Avanza classes to high school students to bolster their aspirations to graduate from high school and consider higher education.  All of the staff plan the summer leadership symposiums or summer bridge activities that promote going to college and succeeding academically.
  • The development and implementation of multicultural education and training, including workshops, speakers, dialogues, films, etc. Activities include:  Latino Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Season of Nonviolence, Safe Zone workshops, Culturally Respectful Hiring Workshops, Allies for Equity series, and other programs that educate the campus and community on all aspects of cultural awareness and understanding.
  • The promotion of a respectful and equitable campus learning and work environment in accordance with the Principles of Community. The Diversity Committee, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, advances the work to ensure that COCC fosters respect, equity, and inclusion.  Every three years, a Campus Climate Survey asks students to report on how comfortable and respected they believe the College to be.

Diversity and Inclusion Staff

Location

Karen Roth
Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Coats Campus Center
Room 216
541-383-7412

Michelle Cary
Coordinator of the Native American Program

Coats Campus Center
Room 106B
541-318-3782

Evelia Sandoval
Coordinator of the Latin@ Students Program

Coats Campus Center
Room 106A
541-318-3726

Christy Walker 
Coordinator of ¡AVANZA!, Latino College Preparation Program

Coats Campus Center
Room 103
541-318-3717