Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Defining DEI at JCC

At Jamestown Community College, we embrace the varied identities, histories, and experiences of every member of our college community. We actively pursue diversity, equity, and inclusion, recognizing that we are always learning.

With diversity we embrace our similarities and differences. With equity we advocate for fairness that responds to diversity. With inclusion we invite everyone to join us in giving and receiving support.

Featured DEI courses | fall 2021

INT 1555: Beyond the Binary: LGBTQIA+ Expression & Identity: Increasingly students and others identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, inter-sex, asexual, and pan-sexual. This course is designed to help students understand who they are, how they fit into the world around them, and how society could and should respond based on the understanding of gender fluidity and related concepts.

INT 1555: Early Black Cinema: Learn about independent movies made for segregated theaters from the 1920s into the 1940s through Black-cast movies which confronted issues such as the color line, Jim Crow, the few allowed role models, Blackface minstrelsy, the Harlem Renaissance, and northern migration.

INT 1555: Food for Thought: In what ways do our kitchens inform us about our world? Each week we’ll come together virtually to cook a meal in our own kitchens while seeking to answer this question and expanding our palates.

DEI learning corner

Including pronouns in your email signature or on a nametag is a first step toward respecting someone’s gender identity and creates a more welcoming space for all genders. However, some people may not be comfortable sharing their pronouns. Respect that choice and use their name instead of a pronoun.

Learning to rethink our pronoun usage takes practice. If you accidentally misgender someone and are corrected, say thank you, rephrase with the correct pronoun, and move on. Lengthy apologies and explanations put the person who has been misgendered in the position of having to reassure the person who has misgendered them.

Take action and learn more:

  • JCC’s marketing and communications team has created a new email signature template that includes pronouns.
  • Check out The Fenton History Center’s featured exhibit Protest and Pride: The LGBTQ+ Community in Chautauqua County.
  • GLSEN has an easy explanation of pronouns and other common terminology used to talk about gender identity.
  • The Queer America podcast is an exploration of the history of sexual identity and gender identity in the United States. This podcast is from Teaching Tolerance—a resource to help educators integrate LGBTQ history into their curriculum.
  • The Fifty Shades of Gender podcast features a collection of stories from people in various places in their gender journey and their experiences.

Trainings & events in the community