Promoting a collaborative and welcoming learning environment.

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Celebrating and advocating for people from a range of different backgrounds and identities.

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Meeting people where they are and supporting their individual needs.

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Providing accessibility to opportunities and resources for the College community.

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Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity, from the College’s Values Statement:

We are committed to embracing diversity and inclusivity as a true picture of an ever-changing demographic landscape. Furthermore, we commit to fostering inclusivity by recognizing diversity and promoting equitable student learning outcomes. We support and celebrate the rich dimensions of our faculty, staff, and students.

Coastal's Diversity Statement:

Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding and recognizing that each individual is unique and different. These differences  include race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status. It is about the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about valuing each other and moving beyond tolerance to embrace and celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity shared by each individual and woven together.

I.D.E.A. Team Mission Statement:

Coastal’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Team will support the college community through providing training and education, organizing celebrations and events, and analyzing equitable student outcomes. IDEA Team will provide programs and resources to create a vibrant campus culture and expansive opportunities for students, employees, and community members. The IDEA Team comprises 30+ faculty and staff volunteers, with diverse representation from every division and service area across campus.

While the IDEA Team’s primary focus is to support Coastal, we also recognize that we share common goals with the North Carolina Community College System initiative toward promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

One of the NC Community College System’s focus areas includes:

Strong Systems of Student Support to Promote Equity

  1. Expand advising and tutoring opportunities for students, including additional availability and additional ways to access support (ex. Online)
  2. Continue work to close the opportunity gap, such as the equity report and helping college presidents identify and address college-specific gaps
  3. Launch Student Basic Needs Initiative
  4. Provide for increased mental health and safety, including providing a Student Assistance Program for all adult students and their households
  5. Implement increased opportunities for students with disabilities as guided by the study of services for individuals with developmental disabilities
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