Santa Monica College is within one of the most racially and ethnically diverse counties within the United States. The diversity of Los Angeles County is enhanced by its location in the State of California, the comfortable climate, the stunning geography, the variety of things to do and most importantly the easy access to a multitude of options and opportunities for the people who live here. Santa Monica College's reputation as a premier institution of higher education continues to reinforce its popularity and respected status with educators, students and the communities which this college serves.
Los Angeles County Population Projection 2020
The County of Los Angeles ethnicity projections paint a very clear picture of a vibrant and ethnically diverse county. By 2020, Hispanic populations are projected to account for approximately 51%, Caucasians at 25%, Asians at 14%, and African-American populations at about 8%. Those people self identifying as multi-racial, a growing group in all projections, will be just over 2% of the total county population.
The ethnic profile of our student population reflects the county in all aspects, and the District must mirror this diversity in its faculty and staff. Diversity, inclusivity and equity of opportunity are key elements in all of the District's staffing plans and the educational goals for our students.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity - Definitions
“Diversity” is a broad term and includes, but is not limited to age (40 years of age and above), culture, disability (both physical and mental), ethnicity, gender, immigrant status, marital status, parenting status, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and veteran status. Also included, and protected, are the multiple ways people self identify their gender: LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer).
"In education, the term "Equity" refers to the principle of fairness. While it is often used interchangeably with the related principle of equality, equity encompasses a wide variety of educational models, programs, and strategies that may be considered fair, but not necessarily equal. It has been said that "equity is the process; equality is the outcome," given that equity - what is fair and just - may not, in the process of educating students, reflect strict equality - what is applied, allocated, or distributed equally."
"Inclusivity", as defined by the Oxford Dictionary: An intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical disabilities or who may be learning-disabled, or racial and sexual minorities.
An inclusive workplace values and provides equal opportunity to all employees regardless of differences (e.g., ability, age, ethnic background, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc) to achieve their maximum potential at work without discrimination. It is important to recognize that employees may identify with multiple identies that will intersect with one another, such as a Native American woman with a disability. It calls for not just tolerating those who are different but for a culture of celebrating differences.
See SMC's current Faculty/Staff Diversity Reports.
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