Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a demonstrated commitment to diversity through its committees, actions, and initiatives;
Whereas, The Academic Senate has a stated diversity policy:
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recognizes the benefits to students, faculty, and the community college system that are gained by a variety of personal experiences, values, and views that derive from individuals from diverse backgrounds. This diversity includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/sex, sexual orientation, disability status, religious and political affiliations, age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, academic and vocational disciplines, and the types of colleges that exist throughout the system. The Executive Committee respects and is committed to promoting equal opportunity and inclusion of diverse voices and opinions. The Executive Committee should provide leadership in best practices for encouraging diverse faculty to participate in ASCCC activities and support local senates in recruiting and encouraging diverse faculty to serve on ASCCC standing committees;
Whereas, The Academic Senate has a stated policy with regard to diversity in the Executive Committee Code of Ethics (2006):
The Academic Senate maintains a policy of promoting diversity and inclusion and will actively pursue that policy in a manner that is consistent with its mission, its Constitution and Bylaws, with this Code of Ethics, and with a high degree of professionalism, fairness, and equality. The Academic Senate takes an active, meaningful and consistent role in promoting diversity and inclusion in its hiring and promotion of staff, retention of volunteers, committee recruitment and constituencies served;
Whereas, In its current form (2005), the mission statement for the organization does not include a stated commitment to diversity:
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges fosters the effective participation by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to statewide concerns; and serves as the official voice of the faculty of California Community Colleges in academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate strengthens and supports the local senates of all California community colleges;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges amend its mission statement to reflect the language of its diversity policy and its Executive Committee Code of Ethics; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges develop an amendment to its mission statement to be considered at the Spring 2009 Plenary Session.
Disposition: Local Senates
The ASCCC is developing value statements to pair with the mission statement. New values scheduled to be considered for adopted at the Fall 2009 Plenary Session.