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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

UA - Pulaski Tech's goal for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is to have an accepting campus community that is committed to supporting a diverse student body, faculty and staff. In order to reach this goal, UA-PTC has implemented the following:

UA - Pulaski Tech's Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity: UA-PTC embraces a definition of diversity that includes ethnic/racial identity, sexual orientation, age, sex, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, gender identity, nationality, body shape/size and differences in physical ability. The College is committed to affirming the uniqueness and potential of individuals and will strive to promote social justice for all persons in every facet of our campus community.

Equity: UA-PTC is committed to creating an environment that ensures each member of the campus community receives what he or she needs to have a successful collegiate experience.

Inclusion: UA-PTC strives to create a campus culture that is welcoming, accessible, and without barriers to all people. Further, the institution is dedicated to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, has the right to be recognized as a valuable contributor and participant of our campus community.

As the College moves into the future, its intended work on inclusion will authentically bring traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power.

DEI Plan

(document coming soon)

The 2021-24 UA-PTC DEI Plan is an aligned element of the College’s Strategic Plan. Both documents will remain allied pieces which reflect campus community input, engagement, sustained implementation, and subsequent review for desired outcomes. This focused process is not only part of the College’s culture of continuous quality improvement, but also a continued commitment to UA-PTC’s mission including constant pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Chancellor’s “North Star” for the DEI Plan

The plan stays true to the mission of UA-PTC:

  • University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College provides access to high-quality education that promotes student learning and enables individuals to develop to their fullest potential.

The plan mirrors specific values of UA-PTC:

  • UA-PTC acts with honesty and principle - Inclusion
  • UA-PTC promotes a diverse and inclusive culture - Community
  • UA-PTC fosters campus and community collaborations through open communication and relationship building.

The plan results in the College advancing its:

  • Commitment to care.
  • Commitment to serve the whole community with a focus on social justice.
  • Commitment to build a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.
  • Commitment to identify and dismantle campus structures that promote disparities, and then redesign those structures to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Commitment to fund what matters most in forwarding a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Objective of DEI

  • Expand and support the diversity of the College’s stakeholders (i.e., students, employees, alumni, and community members).
  • Support diversity, equity, and inclusion by widening and deepening educational opportunities.
  • Ensure the inclusion of everyone, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, or health care needs, has the right to be recognized as a valuable contributor and participant of our campus community.

DEI Initiatives

Non-Discrimination Policy

490.2 UA-PTC Policy: Non-Discrimination

UA-PTC recognizes that employees deserve the respect and cooperation of those with whom they work. The College is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. To this end, UA-PTC emphasizes the need for a quality work environment that is free of harassment and prejudice of any kind. Prohibited discrimination includes, but is not limited to, disparate treatment or harassment on the basis of race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, or disability. Employees are prohibited from making prejudicial statements or taking discriminatory actions that are potentially offensive or embarrassing to other employees, students, or visitors of the College on the basis of a protected category. Harassment of an individual or group will not be condoned, and any person (student, faculty, or staff member) who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.