Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
College Advising Corps is committed to fostering, cultivating, and maintaining a culture of diversity and inclusion.
We embrace and encourage our team members’ differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion/faith background, educational background, socio-economic status, learning differences, physical ability, national origin, citizen status, military status, or political affiliation, and any other characteristics that make our employees unique.
The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our team members invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.
We’re committed to modeling diversity and inclusion in the college access industry and within the nonprofit sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, College Advising Corps strives to:
- See diversity, inclusion, and equity as the core of our mission and critical to ensuring the well-being of our staff and the communities we serve.
- Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
- Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
- Advocate for and support broad-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
- Help to challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization, and who is well-positioned to provide leadership.
- Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
- Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committees, and advisory bodies.
- Lead with respect and acceptance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.
College Advising Corps abides by the following action items to help promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace:
- Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by creating substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies.
- Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress toward the visibility of our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Once the content is curated it will be added to our website so others can access it.
- Improve our leadership pipeline by creating and supporting programs and policies that foster leadership and reflect the diversity of the communities in which we work.
- Pool resources and expand offerings for underrepresented constituents by connecting with other organizations committed to diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Develop and present sessions on diversity, inclusion, and equity to provide information and resources internally, and to other stakeholders.
- Develop a system for being more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring, promoting, or evaluating process. Train our hiring teams on equitable practices.
- Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression, and disparity.