The perception of Salt Lake City hasn’t been one of diversity.
When Salt Lake City comes up in conversation, the common thought is normally the dominant religion and the assumptions that come with that heritage. However, this city has a very vibrant culture and is racially and ethnically diverse, and Salt Lake Community College aims to recognize and celebrate the diversity that makes up its student body.
The community that SLCC serves is one that is socially and economically varied. The vast differences that make up the population are really one of its strengths, and SLCC created a campaign to recognizes that our campus is made up of individuals from all demographics, cultures and abilities.
The “I am SLCC” pledge gives students, faculty, clubs and organizations an opportunity to commit to celebrate and understand the benefits and value that comes from a diverse campus.
The concept of “I am SLCC” is one that urges students and faculty to live out the mission, vision and values of SLCC; that is, one of understanding and respect for the individuals and groups that shape the culture of the school and community that it serves.
SLCC strives to create an equitable climate of learning, teaching, and working for all. The inception of “I am SLCC” aims to maintain environments that produce a vision for equality and acceptance, including diverse and inclusive hiring practices, accommodations for individuals with disabilities and gender-inclusive initiatives.
“I am SLCC” is a personal reminder to take a second, listen to what others have to say and think responsibly about your response — not just flagrantly comment without thought or repercussion. It encourages individuals to challenge their personal bias, which may create the opportunity to learn and possibly gain some understanding about other ways of thinking.
“I am SLCC” also suggests you try being a positive influence, which can have a dramatic effect on the community of people you are a part of. It encourages an open mind and an open heart. When your mind and heart are open, the opportunity for change is great and positive outcomes follow positive starting points.
In today’s world, there seems to be a huge disparity between what we want and who we are. This gap is constantly being pressured and widened by the partisan viewpoints in government. The left fights with the right and the middle remains to suffer the spoils.
The people of United States have fought long and hard to empower themselves as the model of heroism and compassion toward the world’s cultures. “I am SLCC” is an example that people have not forgotten that the true power is one that comes from acceptance, incubation of new ideas and the inclusion of marginalized communities.