Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy

Champlain recognizes that the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice are inextricably linked to academic excellence and innovation. 

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.

Institutional Diversity Equity & inclusion (DEI) Framework

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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.

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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.

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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 Coalition, Racial 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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The College's DEI framework is supported by four pillars:

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  • Enrollment Management metrics
  • Retention rates
  • Graduation rates
  • Time to completion
  • Academic performance
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  • Accessibility
  • Research and teaching
  • Structural diversity (bias response, bystander intervention)
  • Intergroup interaction (including bias response, community engagement)
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  • Employee learning (faculty, staff, student leaders, student staff)
  • Student learning (new student orientation, student diversity learning and programming)
  • Inclusive classroom practices
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  • Strategic diversity planning
  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Employee evaluation
  • Communication
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Diversity community relations
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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)