The Diversity Plan for Catawba Valley Community College contains three phases. The first phase has to do with presentations to the college and community that affect awareness of diversity issues, both on a local and international level. The second phase has to do with methods of delivery of instruction to the student body, and the third phase is the method of delivery of information to the student body in the form of teaching styles.
Our Globalization Committee works closely with the college to include diversity issues within its Action Plan for the year.
CVCC will be implementing several activities and events to increase global awareness and support diversity on campus. The following items are a specific overview of how CVCC is instituting this diversity plan:
Catawba Valley Community College will hold its sixth annual Multicultural Celebration in honor of Black History Month in February. The celebration is held annually. The purpose of this event is to hold a celebration on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College in honor of Black History Month to encourage students, staff, faculty, and citizens to celebrate the cultural heritage and contributions afforded to the community as a result of diversity. This year’s event will feature the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., an organization dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of the African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Entertainment will be provided by a combined choir from area churches and participants of the "Real Deal” music contest, directed by Rick Cline. The “Real Deal” was a project developed by Rick Cline that gave an opportunity to talented young musicians and performers with the Ridgeview community chosen as the focal point. The events are kicking off with the annual poetry contest for elementary, middle and high school and CVCC students. Entries in the contest will be accepted through Thursday, January 31, 2008. Winners in each category will read his/her poem at a reception at the Ridgeview Branch Library on Saturday, February 23, 2008, beginning at 2 p.m. Winning entries will also be published in the event program and on display for the celebration on February 26.
The second phase consists of strategies on how to meet the needs of the student body in diverse forms of delivery. Several departments have been given the challenge to double the number of Internet offerings. This allows other departments to use these classes to add to their own attempts to create completely on-line degrees. Both the Humanities and the Social Science areas have increased the number of offerings. The Math department is also looking at ways of expanding its offerings to allow students to complete degrees in other areas requiring math courses to complete the degree. The institution plans to soon have degrees that can be obtained completely on-line. Telecourse classes also continue to be popular with students not comfortable with Internet classes, but needing an option other than traditional seat classes.
The third phase consists of working with instructors on the various Learning Styles students have. New instructors are offered workshops on how to identify and meet individual learning styles of our multifaceted student body. Our students range from 14 years of age to some in their 80s. The institution works to provide assistance to all students needing additional help in the academic area.
The institution will continue to work toward creating awareness on the campus of our role in the global economy, and meet the needs of students in both culturally enriching programs and educational learning methods.