Mesa Community College (MCC) commits to dismantling structural barriers to equity by investing in equity focused policies, practices, and behaviors that work to support all students and employees. We will call attention to patterns of inequity in student and employee outcomes. We take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of all our students and employees. We continuously reassess and adjust our own behavior, processes, and practices to be more equitable, fair, and just. In order to ensure this happens, we are working on the following initiatives.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Direction
A key element of our Strategic Plan is that MCC is an agent for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The purpose of our DEI Strategic Direction is to provide the College with a framework for moving DEI forward in a way that is collaborative, intentional, and measurable. Within this direction are the following key improvement strategies:
- Close equity gaps in course success across all racial and ethnic groups while increasing MCC’s overall course success rate.
- Increase the proportion of MCC faculty, staff, and administrators of color broken down by classification.
- Increase the percentage of MCC employees and students who report that equity is important at MCC.
SENDAS - Title V Grant
MCC’s Title V Project, Students & Employees Nurtured & Developed for Academic Success (SENDAS), is a comprehensive development plan that reinforces key institutional commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Guided Pathways to Success (GPS). The project aims to increase student persistence, course completion, graduation rates, and transfer rates with (1) enhanced and integrated student support, (2) coherent, systemic professional development, and (3) the development of a more inclusive hiring process. The grant includes the following goals:
- Increase student persistence and completion rates through enhancement and integration of student support targeting advising, academic support, and co-curricular programming.
- Improve responsiveness to diverse student populations through coherent, systematic professional development on mindfulness and culturally responsive practices.
- Develop a more inclusive hiring process in order to recruit and hire a diversified college workforce reflective of student and community demographics.