|Submission Date||March 5, 2021|
Portland Community College
IN-39: Sustainability Office Diversity Program
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Facilities Management Services
Does the sustainability office have initiatives specifically designed to recruit sustainability employees from underrepresented groups?:
A brief description of the initiatives specifically designed to recruit sustainability employees from underrepresented groups:
Does the sustainability office ensure that sustainability employees complete DEI training?:
A brief description of the DEI trainings for sustainability employees:
Sustainability employees regularly participate in DEI training opportunities at the college. Examples at the college include:
The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) with Human Resources provides an online training and in person training related to Diversity, Preventing Workplace Harassment and Employment Discrimination. OEI and the District Leaders of Diversity Council (DLDC) provide cultural competency training and Critical Race Theory training to departments and committees upon request. OEI has also hosted two iterations of Social Justice Trainings for managers and faculty. These are two day-long educational sessions with Dr. Kathy Obears and Dr. Jamie Washington. Social Justice Training was offered November 2015, November 2016, November 2017, and April 2019, which most of the sustainability staff have gone through.
Each of the Social Justice Trainings had over 100 attendees and the 2019 training was expanded to have a third day for members of the DLDC to identify and prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the college. Moreover, the campus-based Diversity Councils, Professional Development, Illumination Project Student Educators and Student Activities Programs provide training and education opportunities for staff and students.
PCC also has a Transforming White Privilege in Leadership cohort that has been convening for the past year that focused on Commitment, Accountability, Theatre of the Oppressed, Critical Race Theory, and Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture. Our Sustainability Manager participates in this group.
In addition, the sustainability office offers DEI training exercises at all Sustainability Leadership Council meetings and an annual ecosocial justice training for students. All of our staff attend these trainings on a regular basis.
Does the sustainability office regularly collaborate on events, projects, or initiatives with the institution’s DEI office/program and/or organizations that support underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of events, projects, or initiatives during the previous year developed in collaboration with the DEI office/program and/or organizations that support underrepresented groups on campus:
In the year prior to the pandemic, the Sustainability Office collaborated with the Sylvania Multicultural center to bring Kathy Jentil-Kijiner, a well-known climate justice activist and spoken word poet to campus.
Does the sustainability office or committee include at least one individual with formal DEI and/or environmental or social justice responsibilities?:
Documentation of the formal DEI and/or environmental or social justice responsibilities:
Our Equity and Sustainability Specialist has formal equity responsibilities and creates DEI trainings for the Sustainability Leadership Council. She has also served as in an equity evaluator role during the creation of our climate action plan.
Website URL where information about the initiatives to advance DEI within the sustainability program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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