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File #: 180141    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/22/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/22/2018
Title: Recognizing the Community College of Philadelphia and its Office of Diversity and Equity for the Creation of the Diversity Certificate Program.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. Signature18014100.pdf
Title
Recognizing the Community College of Philadelphia and its Office of Diversity and Equity for the Creation of the Diversity Certificate Program.

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WHEREAS, The Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in the City of Philadelphia. Since 1965, the College has served more than 685,000 of the City's residents; and

WHEREAS, Community College of Philadelphia provides academic accessibility to a population of students who come from neighborhoods that are systemically underserved. Over 72% of the student body has a diverse background. Research shows that students from diverse backgrounds are more likely to succeed when they are taught by faculty who reflect their background or are cultural competent; and

WHEREAS, The Community College of Philadelphia is responding to the research by reinforcing its commitment to expand and institutionalize culturally responsive teaching practices, inclusive hiring practices and restorative justice revisions of college policies. In 2017, the College created its own Diversity Certificate Program. The purpose of the Diversity Certificate Program is to offer quality workshops, dialogues and training on diversity issues relevant to the College, its students and teachers; and

WHEREAS, Attendees of the Program earn a Diversity Certificate after participating in four or more sessions during an academic year. The Certificate is intended to demonstrate a participant's commitment to creating a campus climate that is safe, welcoming, and truly inclusive of all students, faculty, and staff. The Diversity Certificate is also used to support tenure or promotion applications; and

WHEREAS, The Program has received tremendous feedback from across the campus in its first year of operation. Focusing on issues related to racial and ethnic diversity due to the national climate and feedback from students, teachers and employees, the Diversity Certificate Program thus far has reached ove...

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