A Letter from Our Chancellor
For more than 50 years, St. Louis Community College has been a leader in the St. Louis
Region and a driving force for positive change. Sadly, recent incidents in race relations
have cast a shadow on our city and the outstanding achievements that make St. Louis
a great place to live and work. For St. Louis Community College, these events are
a call to action - an unprecedented moment in our history for us to take the lead
in providing an environment of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice for our students,
faculty, staff and community partners.
Currently, St. Louis Community College is engaged in more than 20 diversity impact initiatives, 30 diversity-related student groups, and a number of partnerships with leading community advocacy organizations. Despite our strong track record of diversity, we realize that the mission of creating an environment that embraces diversity and inclusion is ongoing. Therefore, we remain vigilant in our efforts to review our existing policies and make changes when necessary.
This Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is the result of the collaborative efforts of the college’s Diversity Council, which consists of a cross section of members throughout the District. The plan focuses on four areas: Institutional Transformation, The Student Experience, Community Partnerships and Marketing/Communications. Each of the actions are clear, time-sensitive, measurable and achievable.
It is important to note that this Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is more than a “to-do list.” It is a blueprint that will transform the way St. Louis Community College engages in the business of diversity and inclusion. Moreover, it is evidence to our region that there is, “So Much More” to St. Louis Community College.
On behalf of St. Louis Community College, I wish to thank all who participated in
the development of this plan. I ask you to join me as we work to make St. Louis Community
College a first-class institution of higher learning where all people are welcomed,
respected and valued.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Pittman