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Champlain College is committed to working in partnership with all members of our College community and external partners to build a welcoming and inclusive community where students, faculty and staff engage in continuous learning and growth.

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Intentionally Inclusive

We strive to create a community that embraces differences, recognizing that through thoughtful engagement, we learn from our differences. The values of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice are inextricably linked to creativity and innovation.

We further understand that to create a more equitable and inclusive community, we must take an active and intentional approach.

Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Framework

We further understand that to create an equitable and inclusive community for all stakeholders, we must implement and follow a strategic and collaborative approach that includes every leader and area of the College working to advance our goals. We invite you to learn more about our ongoing commitment and efforts and to actively contribute to that work.

  • Individual and group differences that are represented within our overall community. While diversity is often referenced in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender, we recognize that individuals hold multiple identities. Diversity includes age, national origin, religion, ability status, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, physical appearance, diversity of thought (ideas, perspectives, and values) as well as cultural, political, religious or other affiliations.

  • Fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. For students, equity focuses on creating opportunities for historically underrepresented populations in order to increase student achievement and success.  For employees, equity focuses on the strategic development of access opportunities for historically underrepresented populations of employees (faculty and staff) in order to increase professional growth and resource networks in response to demographic disparities in all areas of the institution.

  • The act of deliberately creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to participate fully. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. Inclusive communities actively and intentionally engage with diversity and people in the classroom and in the overall college community in order to increase awareness, knowledge and empathy. 

    Language adapted from definitions from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, D5 CoalitionRacial Equity Tools Glossary, and various institutions of higher education.

    Dimensions of Diversity

    Cognitive Diversity Cultural/Political
    Educational Level

    Gender/Gender Identity
    Life Experience
    Military Status

    Sexual Orientation
    Socioeconomic Status

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Four Pillars of DEI

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Academic Student Success

  • Enrollment management metrics
  • Retention rates
  • Graduation rates
  • Time to completion
  • Academic performance

Climate & Intergroup Relations

  • Accessibility
  • Research and teaching
  • Structural diversity (bias response and bystander intervention)
  • Intergroup interaction (including bias response and community engagement)

Institutional Learning (Students, Faculty & Staff)

  • Employee learning (faculty, staff, student leaders and student staff)
  • Student learning (new student orientation, student diversity learning and programming)
  • Inclusive classroom practices

Business Operations & Practices

  • Strategic diversity planning
  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Employee evaluation
  • Communication
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Diversity community relations

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Institutional Mapping

College Area Senior Administrator and/or Lead
College Leadership College President
Institutional Strategy and Coordination Vice President of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion
Academic Affairs Acting Provost and Vice President of Academics
Academic Divisions Academic Deans
Enrollment Management Vice President of Enrollment Management
Faculty Senate and Faculty Committee on Multicultural Issues Faculty Senate President and Committee Chair
Finance, Facilities and Auxiliary Services Vice President of Finance & Treasurer
International Education Dean of Core Division and Interim Dean, International Education
Institutional Advancement Interim Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
People Center (Human Resources) Vice President of Human Resources
Staff Council Staff Council President
Student Affairs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Community and Inclusion
Diversity Council Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Community and Inclusion

(Adopted May 2020)

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