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 | spring 2022

ANT 1530 Comparative Religion: Students will examine cultural expressions of belief in the supernatural, focusing specifically on people's ideas about magic, witchcraft, and religion. This course takes a wide-ranging and cross-cultural approach to studying religious beliefs and behaviors and incorporates "world religions" such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as the "indigenous" religions of Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

HIS 2610 Intro to Women’s History: Students will explore the diversity of women's experiences within the larger context of United States history from the colonial era to the present. Concepts of gender, power, race/ethnicity, and cultural identity will be considered alongside women's contributions to the political, economic, social, and cultural life of the nation.

INT 1555 Beyond the Binary: 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 The Black Experience: This course offers an overview of major themes, issues, and concentrations in African American Studies. In order to explore the complexities and the richness of the African American experience, students will engage with written texts, film, art, music, and literature.

INT 1555 Immigrant Voices: This course will focus on the experiences of migrants in the world today. Through stories and personal interviews students will examine and compare the thoughts, challenges, perspectives, and journeys of migrants. Through community outreach, students will come to know immigrants living in our area and will capture their stories as part of a digital storytelling project.

DEI learning corner

The DEI task force is sharing resources to learn more about Native American Month, which is commemorated throughout November and celebrates the rich and diverse cultures of indigenous people across the country.

Faculty, as you continue to advise students this semester, consider sharing some of our DEI-focused course offerings in the spring:

  • ANT 1530: Comparative Religion
  • HIS 2610: Intro to Women’s History
  • INT 1555: Beyond the Binary
  • INT 1555: The Black Experience
  • INT 1555: Immigrant Voices

Learn more:

  • The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held nationally on Nov. 20. This day raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, mourns the loss of transgender community members, and provides allies a chance to stand in vigil as we continue to create a safer and more equitable community.
  • Join the National Museum of the American Indian’s free and virtual Native Cinema Showcase Nov. 12-18, a celebration of the best of Native film.