Supporting DEI throughout JCC
At Jamestown Community College, we have the opportunity and responsibility to educate ourselves about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and bring our knowledge into our workspaces.
DEI in the classroom
DEI is important in the classroom, because our classrooms are a microcosm of the real world, which is a rich, diverse place! Anthropology, by its very nature, is an exploration of the diversity of human beings: diversity in background and experiences, diversity in identity, and diversity in environments. Anthropology also explores systems of power in every culture, and anthropologists often act as advocates to amplify the voices of the communities they work with.
I want to help students understand the systems that influence our lives, and to help students feel empowered to influence those same systems. Anthropology is a dynamic and engaged discipline, and all ANT courses incorporate DEI!
-Shannon Bessette, anthropology professor
Many students enter a mathematics class questioning their abilities and wondering whether they belong there. I desire to create an environment that tells them yes, they are good enough, and yes, they do belong. I want them to see and believe that the discipline of mathematics and success in mathematics is for everyone. To that end, I attempt to model that philosophy and make it part of my classroom culture. I share inspirational advice or quotes from people of all walks of life, and I use application examples and anecdotes from math history to showcase contributions to mathematics from around the world.
In my Art of Mathematics course in particular, my students and I build biographies of past and present artists of diverse backgrounds, learning from the challenges the artists have faced, and discovering mathematical artists with whom students might identify. My hope is that a supportive environment and opportunities to find role models who inspire them will contribute to students' success in my class and beyond.
-Stephanie Zwyghuizen, mathematics professor
Email signature template with pronouns
Your name is a noun, which can be switched with your personal pronouns in communication. Third-person personal pronouns can be gendered (she/her/hers, he/him/his) or neutral (they/them/theirs, ze/zir, xe/xyr). Using a person’s correct pronouns respects their identity.
JCC’s email signature template for employees includes space for you to share your pronouns, so that we use each other’s correct pronouns. You are also offering your audience an opportunity to share their own.
Equity Book Club
Faculty and staff can join the biweekly Equity Book Club, with discussion-focused meetings. Contact Dale Yerpe for more information.
Reviewed books include:
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Marketing & communications
Accessibility in marketing and communications includes resources for:
- Forms and instructions
- Non-discrimination notice
- PDFs and documents
- Videos, audio, and multimedia
- Website design and development
- Writing style