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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Welcome to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion serves the students, faculty, and staff of Napa Valley College, with outreach to the communities of Napa County and its surrounding areas.

Our office works to create, strengthen, and sustain structures, policies, practices, and behaviors that

  • support a diverse campus population and culture,

  • advance efforts to achieve equity in student educational outcomes and employee professional success, and

  • foster a sense of inclusion and belonging for all members of the Napa Valley College community, while also actively dismantling structures that promote and maintain inequality and oppression.

We firmly believe that diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments where all cultures, identities, experiences, and worldviews are valued and welcomed lead to innovative, creative, and successful institutions that are healthy, nurturing, and highly productive. This, in turn, supports the development of more equitable, just, inclusive, and innovative societies poised to solve the challenges of this historical moment.

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion engages in research and data analysis, the application of best practices in DEI, collaboration with institutional departments and units, partnerships with community, the creation and delivery of professional learning, and the development of social justice and equity networks to advocate for the advancement of equity, cultural understanding, and inclusive excellence in educational and work environments.

We are excited to welcome you to the Napa Valley College family. Please reach out and let us know how we can support you in your educational and professional journey.

What is Equity?

What is “equity” and how is it different from “diversity”? Equity refers to achieving parity in student educational outcomes, regardless of race and ethnicity. It moves beyond issues of access and places success outcomes for students of color at center focus. - Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California.

Success Factors Framework

  • Directed: students have a goal and know how to achieve it
  • Focused: students stay on track — keeping their eyes on the prize
  • Nurtured: students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed
  • Engaged: students actively participate in class and extracurricular activities
  • Connected: students feel like they are part of the college community
  • Valued: students’ skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated

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