Contact Us Apply

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Open Doors: Open Minds

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College embraces our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plan, Open Doors: Open Minds, which outlines a methodology to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus. We aspire to celebrate and leverage the unique perspectives of every individual, fostering an environment where all members of our community feel respected and empowered. Through collaboration, education, and engagement, we are dedicated to breaking down barriers, challenging biases, and promoting equity across all aspects of academic and social life. 

The College strives to be a campus community that:

  • better recognizes and appreciates the diversity of our students, employees, and visitors,
  • is inclusive in nature where all are welcome and accepted, and
  • creates an environment that is equitable and where all can thrive.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Definitions

A common vocabulary is integral to making the College’s DEI plan feel both accessible and personal.

Definition of Diversity: Human diversity is expressed across a range of differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, disability status, religious or ethical values, educational background, geographic origin, and veteran status.

Definition of Equity: Equity refers to the principle of ensuring fair and just opportunities and outcomes for all by addressing disparities in access and resources to create an inclusive and supportive environment.

Definition of Inclusion: As a community college and a public, open-door institution of higher education that believes in the inherent value of human diversity, it is imperative to strive for an inclusive environment for all. An inclusive college promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members and fosters and expects civility even during the most difficult of times. As an employee, student, or visitor, you are welcome at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Definitions were adapted (with permission) from Ferris State University’s DEI Plan. 

DEI Planning

If you’d like to know more about our DEI Plan, please click here to view and download the full plan.