Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

John Wood is Community

John Wood Community College is committed to enhancing campus culture by embracing diversity as a component of excellence based upon mutual respect. We intentionally strive to ensure that everyone has equitable access to JWCC and its resources. We are dedicated to enriching lives through learning by providing a space where all feel welcomed and safe as we learn, work, teach and grow together. Our priority is to cultivate an environment that promotes respect and empathy by amplifying our important stories and life experiences as we celebrate our differences and similarities.


Valuing the variety of human experience


Creating fair access to opportunity


Intentionally including diverse contributions

Inclusion Hallmarks

Diversity is being invited to the party; Inclusion is being asked to dance

Choose Your Words Wisely

  • Use your own words to explain the role of inclusion
  • Avoid words that support stereotypes
  • Choose words that don’t offend
  • Refer to diverse groups in appropriate terms
  • Broaden the examples you use to include diverse groups
  • Respect the use of languages other than your own

Leave No One Behind

  • Listen to all voices
  • Include those who are left out
  • Seek diverse perspectives and opinions
  • Communicate to reach all audiences
  • Choose activities that include everyone
  • Create groups of multiple diversities
  • Respect dietary restrictions
  • Avoid favoritism

Speak Up Respectfully

  • Be courageous
  • Share who you are
  • Respectfully address behaviors that are not inclusive
  • Say when you are offended
  • Share inclusion and diversity stories of success
  • Ask to be included

Encourage All to Succeed

  • Discover others’ possibilities
  • Encourage diversity as a strength
  • Share unwritten rules
  • Accept request to mentor
  • Find a mentor for yourself
  • Share your knowledge
  • Recognize and work with the challenges of others

Seek To Understand

  • Open your mind and question your assumptions
  • Seek to understand different points of view
  • Ask questions
  • Answer questions respectfully
  • Get to know someone different than you
  • Walk in your coworkers’ shoes

Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Club

Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Club logo

Support DEI through our cultural diversity & inclusion club through the Student Government Association!

How can we help?

Teresa Bertelli
JWCC Coordinator, Counseling Services
Room: D030
Email Teresa