Hagerstown Community College is an urban college, but that doesn’t mean that the community is as blue as the campus.
As part of a larger conversation about the importance of diversity and inclusion at the college, the school recently released a new Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
And while there are many aspects of the plan that focus on diversity and inclusivity, one of the most important pieces of it is about how people of color are viewed.
“I think that it is a big part of why it’s so difficult for people of any color to succeed in the work place,” says Alisha Jones, the executive director of Hager and the co-founder of the organization Color in Action.
“We talk about the fact that if you are white, you’re not going to get the job.
If you are male, you aren’t going to make it.
If there’s an issue with a person of color, it’s very likely that the people of that race will feel like they are underrepresented.”
The plan was inspired by a survey that found that black and Hispanic men were far more likely to be offered jobs than white men.
This was even more pronounced in the STEM fields where the gap between white and black men has been particularly pronounced.
And for many, the most striking finding was that of those who were able to land the job, almost half were black or Hispanic.
This, coupled with the fact Hager has a high concentration of black and Latino students, has created a huge number of questions about how Hager is perceived and how it relates to its campus.
While the plan focuses on race and ethnicity specifically, the broader idea behind it is that Hager’s diversity is its strength.
“When you look at the demographics of Hagers student body, you see that we have the largest percentage of minority students on campus,” Jones says.
“This diversity is what allows us to excel at our work.”
The diversity of Hameras students was something that Jones knew she wanted to share with the Hager community.
“I felt like I needed to come to the table and say, ‘hey, let’s figure out how we can make this a little more diverse,'” she says.
Hager and Color in action is currently in its second year of existence and has grown over the past year.
The goal is to educate Hager students about how they can better support their diverse colleagues, particularly those of color.
And with the plan, the students were able be part of this conversation.
The group is working on the plan and has plans to bring it to all Hager schools.
The plan focuses specifically on how people with disabilities are seen in Hager.
In addition to the diversity plan, there are other goals in the plan to improve the representation of people of other backgrounds.
For example, the plan addresses how students of color and the LGBTQ community are treated in Hamera, the campus that Hagers students are all part of.
The community was also able to hear about the issues facing LGBTQ students, which include a lack of services and support.
In response to the recent survey, Jones says that the plan will continue to be updated.
“There’s going to be more and more discussions on the diversity and the inclusion of students of all races and ethnicities in Haderas future,” Jones explains.
“And I know there’s going a lot of discussion about the needs of students from different ethnicities and all different backgrounds and different genders, so I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to make some progress and bring this to Hadera.”
Hager has also made strides in recent years, both in terms of hiring and in terms for the overall college.
The school’s first diversity hire was a black woman, who had a successful career in business and law.
And last year, the college became the first to receive a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
That grant was awarded to the school for the first time in 2017.
The school also is a leader in LGBTQ student support.
For one, Hager had the first LGBTQ Student Center, which is where students are able to talk openly about their experiences with discrimination and homophobia, while also being able to share their stories.
And Hager also has a new, inclusive LGBTQ Student Body that includes students from all walks of life.
In 2016, the College of Liberal Arts hired two black women to be part the Black Women in Film Program.
This year, Hagers Diversity Initiative is hiring an all-black student body to serve as a coordinator for the new Black Women In Film program.
And last fall, Hanger received its first Black History Month scholarship.
In honor of Black History month, the university launched a scholarship to recognize the Black History of the community.
Jones also notes that the school is working with the community to promote its diversity.
This includes creating new student clubs, creating new programs, and supporting alumni organizations.
“We want to