Diversity Statement

Brightpoint Community College embraces a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion that empowers anyone from anywhere to be successful in their academic and professional pursuits. We strive to provide an environment that is enriching to all by understanding and appreciating our dimensions of diversity, becoming global citizens, and welcoming new ways of engaging the unique contributions of all people.

Diversity Defined

Brightpoint Community College defines diversity as the traditional categories of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, national origin, disability status and all intersections of identity and cultural backgrounds.

Our Commitment to Equity

In June of 2020, the college's President Ted Raspiller issued a statement addressing the college's commitment to equity and outlined steps the college would take to become a more equitable institution for all students, faculty and staff. Since issuing that statement, the college began a curriculum review to ensure equity, multiculturalism, and intolerance for discrimination is reflected in all of our courses. It also created a Naming Task Force to research and examine the appropriateness of the names of campus buildings and landmarks, as well as the name of the college itself. As a result of the review, the college's name was changed, as was the names of three buildings and six campus streets. 

Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In 2013, the college formed the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, consisting of faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds, and charged them with developing and executing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategic plan for the college. 

Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair: Dr. Gabriel Olmstead
Chief Diversity Officer: Cherie Watts

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

A Task Force has developed our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan for 2021-2027 in consultation with the college's Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

View the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan *

*The college's name changed to Brightpoint on July 1, 2022.