Historic and systemic inequities pose barriers to traditionally underserved students. Removing these barriers and closing these gaps is an essential part of meeting the state’s educational attainment goals. The NC SSC provides support to these efforts through its work directly with colleges and with the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS).
Diversity – Psychological, physical, and social differences that occur among any and all individuals; including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, and learning styles.
Equity – The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation in some groups.
Inclusion – The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate and bring full, authentic self.
The NC SSC and NCCCS are pursuing a comprehensive, holistic approach to closing equity gaps in North Carolina. The organizations aim to significantly narrow and then eliminate the equity gaps that exist in the state’s 58 community colleges. To do so, they are addressing — and measuring success in — three areas: