At COM, we embrace and celebrate the rich diversity of all individuals – from students to faculty and staff to the communities we serve. Race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religion, political beliefs or other ideologies will not prevent students from receiving a quality education. At COM it is about moving beyond simple tolerance. We strive to recognize our similarities and explore our differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment.

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Equity is to help COM capitalize on the strength emanating from the diversity among students, staff, faculty and administrators and to foster cross-cultural understanding, communication and respect among all people of different races, religions, ages, gender identities or expressions, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, national origins, sexual preferences or orientations, medical conditions or disabilities and marital, veteran or family statuses.

The Office of Diversity strives to increase the diversity of students and employees to reflect our service area. COM offers numerous student and professional organizations, student services and other resources to help promote a rich cultural environment at COM. Plus, the Multicultural Team sponsors and supports numerous educational and cultural events and activities, both on-campus and in the community. Meanwhile, the director of Diversity and Equity in theHuman Resources Department aims to create a diverse employee base at COM.

Goals of the Office of Diversity

The following strategies were developed by the Diversity Council in support of the College's goal to increase underrepresented populations and the diversity of our students and employees to reflect our service area.

  1. Offer educational and training experiences to expand awareness, knowledge and cultural competencies that aid in the understanding and management of institutional diversity.
  2. Promote policies, practices and procedures that provide opportunities to increase minority representation of students, staff, faculty and administrators.
  3. Encourage and promote a pedagogically sound curriculum that reflects the pluralism of our society.