Diversity-Equity-Inclusion

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Building, promoting, and sustaining a culture of excellence delivered through helpfulness and by providing opportunities, maintaining mutual respect, and preserving a commitment to integrity.

For more information, please contact Alfreda Stroman, Dean of Campus Diversity  stromana@sandhills.edu


Workplace Cultural Competence – 7 Essentials by Erich Toll
1. Beliefs and Worldview – people have fundamentally different ways of seeing the world, and their role in it. In the West, people tend to believe they’re in charge of their fate. But most other cultures are more fatalistic: either it’s meant to be – or not – which has significant impact on multicultural teams.
2. Communication Styles -different people have wildly different ways of communication, especially regarding context and directness. In North America, people tend to say what they mean. But in most other cultures, people are more indirect, which can seem confusing or even misleading.
3. Formality – cultures differ greatly in greetings, manners and etiquette. In the United States, people tend to be casual, both in dress and behavior. But in most other cultures, formality is more valued, and is an essential sign of respect.
4. Hierarchy – cultures differ in whether their societies are horizontal or vertical. In the West, people are generally seen as equals. But in Asian, Latin, and Middle Eastern cultures, there is much more emphasis on – and comfort with – hierarchy and strong leadership concentrated at the top.
5. Perceptions of Time – in addition to diverse religious and cultural event. people differ greatly in their perceptions of time. Americans tend to be short-term and fixed: deadlines are deadlines. But in many other cultures, people tend to think more long-term, and dates and deadlines are more flexible.
6. Values and Priorities – in North America, there is greater emphasis on the individual and career, and less loyalty between employer and employee. But in Asian and Latin cultures, there is greater emphasis on the group, and long-term business and work relationships.
7. Everyone’s Unique – finally, it’s important to remember that cultural guidelines are only that – guidelines. Every person is as unique as their singular fingerprints, and it’s important to perceive the individual.

Right now there are a lot of conversations surrounding how to be a better ally.  Here are some things we’ve heard can help!  Click Here:  How to Be an ALLY  

Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students:

A Conversation About Growing Up Black

A Conversation With White People On Race

Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism

Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias


Diversity Inclusion Calendar Highlights

July Celebrations:

July a wonderful time to be more aware – and appreciative – of our wonderful differences and similarities.

July 2 – Black American: Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993)
Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka, which ended racial segregation in public schools.
Civil rights leader and Supreme Court justice. Marshall was head of the legal services division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1938 to 1962. He thus led the legal effort to advance the civil rights of all Americans, particularly those belonging to minority groups. His most famous victory was the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board

July 4 – Independence Day
American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. Commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which solidified the American colonies resolution to fight for their independence from Britain. A day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

July 6 – Mexican: Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Painter. Kahlo was born in the outskirts of Mexico City three years before the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. She was one of the most individualistic painters of the first half of the twentieth century. Known for her distinctive self-portraits filled with rich colors and symbolic imagery, Kahlo expressed in form and color her innermost feelings and states of mind.

July 6 – Tibetan: 14th Dalai Lama (1935 – )
The 14th Dalai Lama, born 6 July 1935, is the current Dalai Lama. He assumed full temporal (political) duties on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15, after the People’s Republic of China’s invasion of Tibet. During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama fled to India, where he currently lives as a refugee. The 14th Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He has traveled the world and spoken about many topics. Although in exile from his home in Tibet, he remains a prominent political figure for the people of Tibet.

July 14, 2019 – France: Bastille Day
This celebrates the fall of the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. The revolution led to the end of monarchical rule and the creation of a French Republic. Given their French heritage, many Louisiana ‘parishes,’ hold Bastille Day festivals featuring Cajun food, music, and dance. These include New Orleans and Kaplan, sometimes called ‘the most Cajun place on earth.’

July 18 – United Nations: Nelson Mandela International Day
In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared Nelson Mandela’s birthday, July 18, to be Nelson Mandela International Day. The UN made the declaration, in recognition of his humanitarian achievements, and his contribution to racial reconciliation, democracy, and peace throughout the world.

July 19 – Maafa Commemoration.
This commemoration provides an opportunity for members of the African-descended community to remember the millions of Africans — men, women, and children — who were sold, kidnapped, shipped and who died along the route from Africa to the Americas

July 20 – People with Disabilities: First Special Olympics Games (1968)
On this date in 1968, the first Special Olympics opened at Soldier Field in Chicago. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, it’s an athletic competition for children and adults with cognitive disabilities. The competitions are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter games. The World Summer Games are held in the year before the regular Olympics.

July 26 – People with Disabilities: Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
Signed into law on this date, the ADA is a milestone of U.S. civil rights legislation. It protects people with disabilities from discrimination in the areas of employment, transportation, and public accommodation. The law requires a wide range of public and private establishments to make new and renovated facilities accessible to people with disabilities, and ‘readily achievable’ changes to existing facilities in order to increase accessibility.

SCC Diversity Committee Members 2019-2020
Associate Professor Madie Ash
Associate Dean Kimberly Blue
Dr. Ryan Book
Professor Sarah Bumgarner
Faculty Secretary Dana Cuellar
Professor Matthew Dial
AVP Human Resources Wendy Dodson
HR Specialist Marina Figueroa
Sociolgy Instructor
Dr. Maulin (Chris) Herring
Associate Professor Johnnerlyn Johnson
Dr. Celethia McMillian
Associate Professor William "Bill" Pope
Professor Daniel Regalado
Professor Nevius Toney
Professor Kim Wade
Associate Professor Wei Xiong
SCC Ethnic Race Demographics    
StudentsFac/Staff
Count% of TotalCount% of Total
Am Ind1363%60.02
Asian531%1less than 1%
Black74116%540.2
Foreign10less than 1%00
Hispanic55212%70.03
Hawaiin/Pac Isl8less than 1%00
Multi Races2034%00
Unknown2235%00
White266258%1960.74
Grand Total4588264
SCC Gender %    
StudentsFac/Staff
Count% of TotalCount% of Total
Female285362%17968%
Males173538%8532%