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OD/DEI Summer 2024 Event Calendar


Sojourner House LGBTQ+ Learning Sessions

The Office of OD/DEI is hosting LGBTQ+ Inclusive Excellence learning sessions in partnership with Sojourner House and the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX during the month of June in recognition of Pride Month. Learn best practices to build trust with our LGBTQ+ community and deepen connections/partnerships. A total of three learning sessions are being offered for all faculty, staff and students that focus on the competencies, inclusive language, and history to cultivate belonging for LGBTQ+ members of our community. Review the learning objectives and register to receive a calendar invitation using the registration link below.

LBBTQ+ 101 Learning Objectives:

-Learn about different gender identities and sexual orientations, with an overview of LGBTQ+ terminology

-Gain a better understanding of the effect of being part of a heternomative society and the impact stereotypes have on all of us

-Gain a better understanding of gender affirming care

-Understanding mental health statistics for the LGBTQ+ community

-Leave with an understand of how to foster an inclusive and accepting space, and how to navigate resources

LGBTQ+ 201 Learning Objectives:

-Expand the understand of different identities and LGBTQ+ terminology

-Understand the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation both locally and nationally- and what can we do to help

-Discuss LGBTQ+ specific tactics of abuse

Discuss barriers LGBTQ+ individuals face when accessing resources

LGBTQ+ American History:

Register Here


Juneteenth Panel Discussion: Channeling Education & Civic Education to Close Equity Gaps

As we celebrate Juneteenth for the first time as a state-recognized holiday, join us for an informative
panel discussion on the significance of Juneteenth and how it can help us close equity gaps through
education and civic engagement. This event is open to community members, including all CCRI faculty, staff, and students. There will be a moderated Q&A session following the panel discussion.

– The Honorable Melissa A. Long
Associate Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court

– The Honorable Tiara Mack
Rhode Island State Senate (District 6, Providence)

– The Honorable Harold Metts
Rhode Island State Senate (2005–2021)

Register Here

External Recognition

Providence Business News

CCRI has been honored with a 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from Providence Business News. This accolade is a testament to our collective commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Diversity and inclusion are not just values; they are the cornerstone of our mission. While the work is never done, we've made great strides, and this award acknowledges the collective effort put in by every member of our CCRI community.

Hispanic Serving Institution 

The Community College of Rhode Island is proud to be formally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). As an HSI, we remain committed to expanding educational opportunities and improving the academic attainment of Hispanic and low-income students; the support and promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education; and expanding and enhancing the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students. 

After many years as an Emerging HSI, CCRI earned HSI designation for the 2021-22 academic year with a 25.1% full-time Hispanic student population. Hispanic-serving institutions play an important role in higher education by increasing educational opportunities, access and success for the nation's Hispanic population. The Office of Organizational Development & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to continue creating strategies and innovative ways to support our Hispanic students. Click here to learn what resources the college offers to support our diverse body of students.

Top Diversity Employer

DiversityJobs, a job search engine that helps connect job seekers with employers who value diversity, recently named CCRI as one of its Top Diversity Employers for 2022

According to DiversityJobs, "the student body at [CCRI] enjoys considerable diversity in ages, cultures and experiences." The site also lauded the work of CCRI's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council in building a more diverse and inclusive community by making employees of all backgrounds to feel valued and that they belong, strengthening cultural competency for all employees, and increasing the diversity of the college's staff, faculty, and leadership. 

Launched nearly three decades ago, DiversityJobs is a job board for diverse hiring and caters to different groups of job seekers, including African Americans, Hispanics, veterans, women, and LGBTQIA+ community members. Employers can make use of the platform to hire talent from a variety of industries and create inclusive workspaces.

Congratulations to everyone in our college community for helping us earn this honorable distinction! 

Center for Teaching Excellence

JEDDI-B News is a dedicated resource for community engagement of DEI initiatives and professional development for all of our community members.

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