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The vision of Anne Arundel Community College (“College”) is to “transform lives to create an engaged and inclusive society.” As a product of and a contributor to Anne Arundel County’s workforce, culture and general demographics, the college values the uniqueness of every individual, including differences in life experiences, knowledge, viewpoints, innovation, self-expression, capabilities and talents.

I.  Purpose

This policy is established to affirm the college’s support for efforts to promote antiracism and achieve diversity, equity and inclusion for our student, faculty and staff.

II.  Scope and Applicability

This policy applies to all students, faculty and staff, including temporary employees, contractual employees and student employees.

III.  Definitions

A.  Antiracism is the practice of identifying, challenging and changing the values, structures and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism.

B.  Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, and it encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another, including but not limited to, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, genetic information, military or veteran status, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives and values.

C.  Equity is providing everyone with access to the same opportunities and potential for success. Equity ensures fairness by adjusting for differences in advantages and barriers.

D.  Inclusion is authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision and policy making in a way that shares power.

IV. Promotion of Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the college

The college embraces and promotes antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion, and fosters, cultivates and sustains antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion in its activities, admissions, community involvement, curriculum, employment, policies and programs.

The board of trustees hereby authorizes the president (or designee) to develop, maintain and keep current appropriate procedures to implement and enforce this policy.

 Date of adoption by board of trustees: March 10, 2020; Date of revision: Feb. 23, 2021