The Campus Culture team will address harms and micro-aggressions that don’t rise to the level of conduct and support the person who has been harmed by offering resources and information. We would also use these incidences as a guide to the type of educational programming that would need to happen on campus so we could improve the “climate” for those people who have been harmed.
Every person has the right to live, learn, and work in a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment. At Vermont Technical College, it is your responsibility to help create and maintain such an environment.
All members of the Vermont Tech community—students, staff, and faculty—are expected to respect each other and to respect the differences and diversity each person brings to the community. Everyone is treated equally and given an equal chance to contribute and grow. Vermont Tech actively works to develop and support diversity and equity within the staff, faculty, and student body.
The Vermont State College system has adopted the following definitions of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This provides a common platform for us to further develop a college that fosters equity, inclusion and belonging for all within our community.
Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, physical or cognitive abilities, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.
The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical). This engagement with diversity has the potential to increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
Creating opportunities for equal access and success for historically underrepresented populations, such as racial and ethnic minority and low-income students, in three main areas:
- Representational equity, the proportional participation at all levels of an institution;
- Resource equity, the distribution of educational resources in order to close equity gaps; and
- Equity-mindedness, the demonstration of an awareness of and willingness to address equity issues among institutional leaders and staff.
Campus Culture Support Team
Learn more about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion learning opportunities, events and resources at Vermont Tech.