Strategic Priority 4: Embrace equity and antiracism as a framework and cultivate a sense of belonging

Tackle the Trails team 2021

Priority and Metrics

  • Analyze benchmarks and publish QVCC’s Equity Audit Report.
  • Develop proficiency among faculty and staff in tracking, disaggregating, and applying data findings in order to make data-informed decisions that close equity gaps.
  • Enhance cultural awareness and recognition programming and events.
  • Develop diversity/cultural competency-based coursework and build academic and student resources to support the curriculum.
  • Participate in Leading for Change/ Race, Equity and Justice Institute (REJI) and Achieving the Dream Training (ATD).
  • Foster opportunities to create stronger connections with and celebration of our Hispanic/ Latinx and other diverse populations.
  • Explore opportunities to build international/ study abroad and regional student exchange experiences.
  • Grow and emphasize Pledge to Advance Connecticut (PACT) free tuition program and full-time student enrollment to build retention and degree completion.
  1. QVCC publishes an Equity Audit Report annually focused on the 7 equity pillars, KPI Equity Measures, and makes consistent improvement in each indicator annually.
  2. All-Staff Meeting professional development trainings are offered on data informed decision making and analysis of equity gaps.
  3. Faculty and staff survey is conducted and shows increased understanding of how to work with and analyze data.
  4. Cultural Committee creates an annual cultural awareness and programming calendar of events, increase number of events, increase number and percentage of students and staff who participate in the programming.
  5. Align curriculum to new CSCC diversity/cultural competencies for general education.
  6. Identify courses that meet this requirement and additional Increase the number and percentage of staff who are trained by ATD and REJI and decrease rates of affirmative action cases.
  7. Increase sense of belonging in SENSE and CCSSE in students and employees. Resources are purchased to support diversity in the curriculum.
  8. Increase partnerships with Hispanic/ Latinx populations, increase enrollment, retention, and completion of Hispanic/ Latinx students.
  9. Increase Hispanic cultural programming.
  10. Create new bilingual programming focus in Willimantic.
  11. Offer international and regional student exchange experiences, study the increase in student retention, and completion who experience one of these exchanges. Increase full-time enrollment numbers and percent.
  12. Study the impact on degree completion.