AACC's commitment to diversity is articulated in AACC's mission statement as a core value:
"AACC affirms that diversity is crucial to a democratic society, that diversity enriches the educational experience, and that diversity respects and celebrates differences among institutions and individuals alike."
AACC leads collaborative efforts with the Association of Community College Trustees, The Center for Community College Student Engagement, League for Innovation in the Community College, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and Phi Theta Kappa to advance the completion agenda nationally. Democracy's Colleges: Call to Action reaffirms the value of diversity, inclusion, and equity, in these key points:
- We believe that completion matters and that every student counts.
- We commit to courageous conversations and openness regarding diversity, equity, and evidence reflecting student success and institutional performance.
- We commit, while increasing success rates for all students, to eliminating the attainment gaps that separate student groups on the basis of race, ethnicity and family income.
AACC Position Statements
AACC Position Statement on Immigration
April 26, 2010 -- This position statement calls upon Congress to pass the DREAM Act and to further fulfill its responsibility to enact a national immigration policy that is clear, fair, and that upholds our nation's founding principles as a land of sanctuary and opportunity.
AACC Endorsement of National Council for Student Development Welcoming Initiative
November 1, 2008 -- This paper was endorsed by the AACC Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
AACC/ACCT Joint Statement on Leadership and Diversity
July 27, 2008 -- This joint AACC/ACCT statement reinforces both organizations support of programs and initiatives that promote equity, diversity and inclusion that foster successful leadership.
AACC Resolution on Closing the Equity Gap
October 29, 2005 -- The American Association of Community Colleges commits to work to close the equity gap and expand opportunities for all students, including first generation, minority, low-income, and incarcerated students.
AACC Position Statement on International Education
November 13, 2001 -- Position statement on international education examining the services community colleges must provide to meet this challenge. It was originally adopted in April 1997.
AACC Position Statement on Inclusion
March 31, 2001 -- This one page policy statement reaffirms AACC's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
AACC Position Statement on Affirmative Action
December 31, 1994 -- This one page policy statement sets forth AACC's support for affirmative action in all areas of higher education. It was originally adopted in February 1973.
Diversity in Higher Education Joint Statement
AACC, along with a variety of education associations, endorsed a statement which strongly affirms the importance of maintaining diversity in every facet of the nation's post-secondary institutions.