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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We work to provide students, staff, and faculty with the knowledge, skills, and resources to nurture a campus climate in which all are respected and valued.

Statement on Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We pledge continuing efforts to build and strengthen a community enriched by our differences and founded upon our common humanity. Centre respects the right of all members of the community to express their individuality in a manner that is consistent with the dignity and welfare of others. Centre strives to create an environment where differences are celebrated rather than discouraged, where individuals have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experience. By valuing the individual’s total character over any single characteristic, Centre will maintain its unique community.

Centre embraces the values of diversity, inclusion and equity as integral to the college mission. Diversity, inclusion and equity are central to teaching, learning, service, scholarship, and community to stimulate creativity, critical thinking, leadership, discovery, love, and global citizenship.

  • Diversity is the complex representation of factors such as ability, age, citizenship status, class, ethnicity, faith background, gender expression, gender identity, geographic region, national origin, neurodiversity, race, and sexual orientation that comprise individual and group expressions of identity (alphabetized and not ranked).
  • Equity is fair treatment, access, and advancement for all people.  Equity begins with an understanding of the root causes of disparities and injustices within our society. It then requires identifying and removing barriers and exclusions in structures, policies, practices, decisions, and norms that hinder or deny equitable access to opportunities, resources and justice.
  • Inclusion is diversity activated and consists of intentional acts to foster belonging. Belonging is the feeling of security and support to be one’s authentic self. Inclusive environments are those in which a person is welcomed, valued, empowered, and able to thrive and fully participate.

Board of Trustees Statement on Diversity

We Trustees hold this to be true for all parts of the Centre community: The Board of Trustees, the faculty, the staff, and the student body. Pertaining to the Board of Trustees itself, we affirm that diversity and inclusion are critical to the Board’s effectiveness in leading the College. Thus, as the Board exercises its responsibility to select the best and the brightest individuals to serve as trustees, we recognize that diversity in its membership is an essential priority. In addition, the Board will endeavor to set policies, identify resources, and encourage sound practices designed to achieve diversity among the faculty, staff, and the student body.


  • Build a Diverse and Equitable Community

    Recruit and retain a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, administrators and stakeholders that represent and support a broad spectrum of identities, abilities, interests, expressions, cultures and world views. Identify and remove barriers and exclusions in structures, policies, practices, decisions and norms that hinder or deny equitable access to opportunities and resources.

  • Nurture a Thriving Community

    Create and sustain an environment that acknowledges, celebrates and supports the full spectrum of differences and identities. Deepen belonging within the community; further accessibility to all arenas of the community. Provide opportunities, resources and spaces for individuals to explore, grow and flourish.

  • Provide Skills for an Inclusive Culture

    Implement and make available campus-wide diversity and inclusion training, programs and events. Promote courses, curricula and learning opportunities that contribute to the practice of diversity and inclusion. Encourage collaboration toward and provide opportunities for individuals, groups and offices to increase their understanding of a diverse array of people, ideas and areas of intellectual inquiry.

  • Advocate for Justice

    Confront words and actions of harmful discrimination, marginalization and alienation. Provide protections from and remedies for assaults on the dignity and safety of individuals and groups. Address and correct social injustices. Intentionally engage the principles of equity, recognition and inclusion.

  • Achieve Inclusive Excellence

    Develop and sustain a comprehensive and collaborative approach that embeds diversity and inclusion practices into every effort, aspect and level of the college. Recognize, as a matter of habit and principle, that the college’s success is dependent on how fully it values and engages the rich diversity within the community; and how deeply it configures inclusivity into the curricula, policies, procedures and organizational structures.