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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Welcome

Focuses on specific aspects of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity, creed, and socioeconomic status

  

Photo: Audre Lorde "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."  -- Audre Lorde
Our Dead Behind Us Quotes. goodreads. Lorde, A. (1994).  Our Dead Behind Us: Poems. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Image by K. Kendall (originally posted to Flickr as Audre Lorde) [CC by 2.0]

America's Diverse Cultures

Diversity Calendars and Celebrations

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"Dedicating a month to a certain part of the population is the government’s way of making the group feel that its history, heritage and struggles are recognized by the nation. Jason Low, a publisher focused on books promoting diversity said 'At best, ethnic heritage months increase awareness for a finite amount of time. Once the month has ended, the very problem that the given heritage month was designed to address resets itself, and 'those books' are put away and ignored for another year.'"

Heritage months may play an important role in "looking inward and educating the... community that American history is also their own history." Even if a heritage month doesn't "live up to the dream that some people had...we’re better off having such a month than not having it.'" ​Guttman, N. (2015, May 30). Why does no one care about Jewish Heritage Month? Forward

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Black History Month with ACC's Office of Student Life


Black History Month 2021 : Future of Black America

This year’s BHM events will educate all on those of past and present within black culture. And empower a platform that will enrich and cultivate the future of Black America here at ACC. 

Kickback Black; Kicking off BHM 2021, Wednesday, February 3, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
We invite everyone in the community to bring their smile, wit, and their knowledge of Black history to this virtual lounge!

 

Social Distancing Hour Discussion- The Future of Black America; How Do We Move On From Here?, Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
We will explore the diaspora from all levels: ACC, the local Austin area, nationally, and globally; and address the inquiry of what we can do to move forward as a community after 2020.

 

Salon/Barbershop Talk: “Girrll” & “BRUH!”, Wednesday, February 17, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This event will focus on the identity development of the Black community, with a challenging conversation that aims to tackle various questions that have permeated throughout Black culture.

 

“Get Your Weight Up!”- Being Black and Being in Business, Wednesday, February 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Three Black professionals will detail their unique journey to financial stability, how they are handling the financial turmoil of the pandemic, and share ways that they have begun to generate wealth.

2021 TRHT Week: Social Justice and Collaborative Change: The Time is Now

                National Day of Racial Healing 1-21-21

 

Monday, January 18, 2021 
12:30 - 2 p.m. | ACC Remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., - Life, Liberty & Legacy
2:30 PM-5:15 PM CST or 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM CST | MLK Celebration: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Virtual Circles Learn more and register

Tuesday, January 19, 2021   National Day of Racial Healing
10:30 a.m. - Noon | National Day of Racial Healing: Social Justice in Policing
1 - 2:30 p.m.  | National Day of Racial Healing: Performances of artistic expression 

Wednesday January 20, 2021 
11:30am-12:30pm | All-inclusive initiatives for people of color
1 - 2 p.m.  | TRHT & TLED Presents: Jane Elliot  - “Moving Beyond Implicit Bias to a Welcoming and Inclusive Campus Community” 
2 - 3 p.m. | Faculty-only Jane Elliot talk
3 - 4 p.m. | Woman Crush Wednesday: “Once you make her your WCW, now what?” 

Thursday, January 21, 2021 
11 a.m. - Noon | The Power of Solidarity: Unity of Austin Latinx Communities
12 - 1:30 p.m. | Staff/Faculty only Virtual RX Racial Healing Circle 
2 - 3:30 p.m. | Men of Color, How Are You Doing in 2020? 

Friday, January 22, 2021
11 a.m. - Noon | Mind Your Mental Health as a Social Justice Activist 
12 - 1:30 p.m. | Student only virtual RX Racial Healing Circle 

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Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at ACC

ACC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center

EDI at ACC

Accessibility Services   There is a Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office at each campus.  If you have a disability, contact Accessibility Services at the campus that's most convenient for you.

African-American Cultural Center  The African-American Cultural Center at the Eastview Campus strives to increase understanding in the ACC and Central Texas communities of the culture, history and contributions of African-Americans.

Latino/Latin American Studies Center "El Centro"   The Latino/Latin American Studies Center, also known as El Centro, is an inter-disciplinary, college-wide Center supporting Latino and Mexican American studies. It strives to increase understanding in the ACC and Central Texas communities of the culture, history and contributions of Latinos.

LGBT eQuity at Austin Community College   Founded in 2015, the LGBT eQuity Committee strives to educate faculty, staff and students on the issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community to better support them at ACC and works to create lasting systemic change at ACC by revising policies and providing robust support networks by hosting LGBTQIA+ events.

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