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Diversity Events Qualifications

The Diversity Committee has, as part of its core work, the charge to promote conversation, exchange, and an increased awareness of diversity issues. In order to meet this charge, the Diversity Committee will develop, sponsor and/or co-sponsor informative, interactive and reflective campus events, programs, lectures and presentations.  These programs will “reflect respect of differences in age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnic backgrounds, and ability/disability as well as the values of equal rights, equal access, and equal treatment” (Diversity Plan). In addition, the Diversity Committee will work with departments/divisions to infuse diversity awareness in their day to day interactions with all members of the HCC community.


To assist those planning events on campus, the Diversity Committee has identified criteria that should be included in all diversity events. The Diversity Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate your request:

1.Events must be informative (educational). Attendees must walk away from a learning experience as it relates to diversity. Attendees must be able to answer “What did you learn about diversity from this event?”
 2.Events must be interactive (encourage audience participation, including lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and/or Q&A sessions). To reinforce awareness/learning, an interactive component is necessary. Attendees must have the opportunity to ask questions, get answers, participate in discussions, or interact through demonstrations, learning exercises, games, panel speakers, etc.
3.Events must contain a reflective element that introduces participants to new thoughts and ideas. (Reflective components can be discussions sessions and/or Q&A sessions).  Attendees must have the opportunity to revisit and process the information learned and understand practical applications to diversity in everyday life.

Events must help to further the mission, vision and/or values of Howard Community College. (Please include specific connections/references to the mission, vision and/or values statements).

Mission Graphic - Providing pathways to success 

Vision Graphic - A place to discover greatness in yourself and others

Values graphic - "Innovation, Nurturing, Sustainability, Partnerships, Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Service

For example: An event that focuses on increasing awareness of a specific culture can be tied to the college’s mission, vision, and values in the following way:

“Increased awareness of “X” culture, prepares our campus community to serve members of that culture with the integrity and respect appropriate to their culture expectations. In turn, these guests feel to select HCC as the place “to discover greatness” and envision their “pathways to success”.

5.Events must raise/increase diversity awareness. (Age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnic backgrounds, and ability/disability). Attendees of the event must have a clear understanding of which aspect of diversity was being addressed and be able to answer “How was my diversity awareness increased or gained?”

Events must contain material that is useful and appropriate to the target audience (HCC students/staff/faculty). Events should be of appropriate length and presented at a time that is most beneficial to the target audience. The event should also present information that is practical and useful for the target audience.

In addition to the above, diversity events may include the following elements:

  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Learning styles
  • Work styles
  • Civility

All proposals should be submitted a minimum of four weeks before the event and should contain details of how the proposed event addresses the required criteria listed above. Submitting a proposal does not guarantee approval. The Diversity Committee will consider each request based on the criteria and requirements outlined in this document. 

Submit your proposal here

This page was last updated on 12/08/10.