Pima Community College is committed to student success. Through this commitment, PCC values and recognizes diversity while seeking to strengthen the ties that bind us. Our commitment is driven by our values, and shapes our mission. The result is success for students and the community, who have pledged their hopes, dreams and resources to achieve their personal vision of the American Dream.
Our model of diversity begins with universal access. Our policies are designed to ensure opportunity for all; our goal is to implement processes and practices that clearly demonstrate our commitment to diversity. The Governing Board and I work to foster the progress of our students and employees, wherever they are on their education or professional journey.
The College is committed to an institutional framework that furthers the success of students from diverse sectors of our community. We hire and retain employees who reflect our constituents and who can serve as role models and mentors. We offer a curriculum that exposes students to the widest variety of ideas. Our goal is inclusion and engagement regardless of differences. Overall, we are creating a culture of excellence.
Our unwavering support of diversity is closely connected to our commitment to giving students a global perspective. We want to take PCC to the world and bring the world to PCC. We cannot put a price on the value of learning about and collaborating with people from other cultures and backgrounds. The 21st century’s increasingly global economy will value trans-national leadership skills, fluency in multiple languages, and respect for and understanding of other cultures.
As anthropologist and educator Johnnetta B. Cole has said, “We are for difference: for respecting difference, for allowing difference, for encouraging difference, until difference no longer makes a difference.” Pima Community College’s commitment to diversity encompasses our classrooms, policies and practices. We are working to foster a multicultural world that honors our differences and the values that unify us as a community. Our commitment will benefit all students and employees, and enhance the economic and cultural vitality of our diverse region.
Lee D. Lambert