President's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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President's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion


November 2012


Dear Century College Community,

During my welcoming remarks at the opening of the academic year, I shared with all faculty, staff and administrators my appreciation of their work and their presence here as a vital part of the Century College community. I'm glad you're here  was, and continues to be, a heart-felt expression of my welcoming and appreciation, which I extend to our students and all members of our broader community. I invite you, as members of the Century College community, to share this message of welcome and appreciation with our students and one another.

Now that we have settled into the rhythm of the academic year, I'd like to expand upon what that message means to me and to how I strive to lead our college and community. As I have publicly stated on a number of occasions, I have never before worked in an institution where I have resonated so closely with its mission and vision, and where those statements so accurately represent and capture the values and aspirations of the community. As a reminder, these statements read:

Our Mission
Century College inspires, prepares, and empowers students to succeed in a changing world.

Our Vision
To be a national leader in transforming lives through an innovative, rigorous, and compassionate approach to education.

I am honored and humbled to work with you here each day to fulfill this mission and to live into this vision.

We are a tremendously diverse community, composed of individuals from widely varied backgrounds, experiences, and gifts. Our ability to fulfill our mission and to live into our vision rests on our creating an environment that is welcoming and accepting of differences, and in which every person’s contribution and perspective is heard and valued. While we do not all share the same beliefs, experiences, and perspectives, I believe that we can honor, respect, and seek to understand one another. In fact, I expect  that we as a community will do so. Our goal should not be to homogenize our community, but rather to foster deeper understanding, to build bonds, and to increase our effectiveness in working across cultures and beliefs. And we must do so within a context of trust and graciousness; not one of blame and shaming.

Each of us plays an important role in creating and maintaining this environment. As President, I believe it is important for you to know that:

  • I recognize, support, and value the perspectives, experiences, and contributions of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities;
  • I recognize, support, and value the perspectives, experiences, and contributions of people of all abilities;
  • I recognize, support, and value the perspectives, experiences, and contributions of people of all national origins, racial and ethnic backgrounds;
  • I recognize, support, and value the perspectives, experiences, and contributions of people of all socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • I recognize, support, and value the perspectives, experiences, and contributions of people of all political, philosophical, and faith backgrounds;
  • I recognize, support, and value the perspectives, experiences, and contributions of people of all ages.

I am committed to working with you to create, maintain, and enhance an environment conducive to the learning and growth of all students, faculty and staff. I am actively discussing this with my administration and leaders from across the campus, and am urging each of them to reflect upon how their communications and actions demonstrate their commitment to this work and impact our environment.

As an educational institution we have a unique opportunity to create and nurture an environment that encourages and embraces a wide breadth of ideas and beliefs. This work belongs to us all – it is a shared responsibility. While College leaders must set the tone and model their commitment to this work, each of us impacts our environment through our daily interactions with our students and one another. Please join me in working together in an open, honest, and trusting manner to build a college environment where all students, faculty, and staff are valued and can thrive.


With trust and respect,

Dr. Ron Anderson, President