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Equity and Inclusion

The Office of Equity and Inclusion at Montgomery College upholds a culture that values civil discourse, a safe environment for sharing, and one that observes, measures, and rewards success so that we can create an extraordinary educational institution.

We will promote and create a working and learning environment rooted in the basic tenets of fairness, diversity, and inclusiveness.

Read our Roadmap to Success (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

2021 Excellence in Equity Awards

The Excellence in Equity awards recognize and celebrate students, faculty, staff, and administrators who demonstrate exemplary accomplishments in advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. These individuals serve as leaders through their active participation and contributions in making Montgomery College and/or their local community more inclusive by creating an environment where all individuals are valued, respected, and feel welcomed.  

Here are the 2021 Excellence in Equity Award winners:

Posthumous – Dr. Mohibullah Durrani
Students – Richelle Adu, Teresa Doley, Adjo Evonlah
Staff – Dr. Lucinda Grinnell, Kimberly Jones
Full-time faculty – Dr. Katya Salmi
Part-time faculty – Charles Washington

What We Do

The charge of the Office of Equity and Inclusion is to build a program that addresses ten critical areas of work:

  1. Student Access, Inclusion, and Equity around the Student Completion Agenda
  2. Climate and Culture Assessment, Responsiveness, and Action
  3. Planning, Benchmarking, and Best Practices
  4. Staffing Resourcing and Succession Planning
  5. Recruitment and Hiring
  6. Promotion and  Retention of Employees
  7. Faculty Teaching, Research, and Curriculum
  8. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming and Policies
  9. External Community Engagement, Collaboration, and Linkages
  10. Business Practices, Workforce/Career Pathways, and Procurement
We operate under the IDEEALS conceptual framework:

Equity for Students, Employees, Business Partners
Access and Achievement
Social Justice
  1. We aspire to be welcoming, equitable, inclusive, and culturally competent.
  2. We are polite in our interactions by:
    • greeting and acknowledging others;
    • saying please and thank you;
    • respecting others’ time, space, and individuality;
    • being direct, sensitive, and honest.
  3. We listen for common ground.
  4. We treat each other with respect by:
    • welcoming feedback with an open mind and giving others the benefit of the doubt;
    • acknowledging the contributions of others and recognizing successes;
    • acknowledging the impact of our behavior on others with a caring heart.
  5. We Address incivility in a polite, courteous, and responsible manner.

Inspired by Mastering Civility by Christine Porat

Download our Civility Norms Flyer. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

The Office of Equity and Inclusion works through a Presidential Advisory Committee and several subcommittees.

Resources and More Information

White Papers

Additional Resources

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What People are Saying
Pass the baton ... equity and inclusion is a long game requiring multi-generational action. This symbolizes the work is never done and the race is always being run and that we are all connected to the work of those before us.
Ramon De La Cruz, Montgomery College staff member