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Germanna Community College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1430
Locust Grove, Virginia 22508
Phone
(855) 874-6681
Email address
admissions@germanna.edu
School Information
"Germanna Community College takes its name from a group of settlers at Germanna Ford on the Rapidan River, where in 1714, Governor Alexander Spotswood established a frontier fort and settlement for the German miners and their families. In 1956, descendants of the original settlers at Germanna Ford organized the Memorial Foundation of Germanna Colonies in Virginia, Inc. In 1966, the Virginia legislature created a community college system. A site selection committee recommended that the College be located in the center of its service region. In 1969, the Memorial Foundation of Germanna Colonies donated 100 acres of property along the Rapidan to the state for a community college. The College Board unanimously chose the name Germanna Community College to recognize the gift and the history associated with it. Germanna held its first classes on October 13, 1970, in its partially completed building" (Source: https://catalog.germanna.edu/content.php?catoid=4&navoid=113#history-of-the-college). The student to faculty ratio is 25 to 1. Over 70 degrees are offered, and the total part time and full time enrollment is approximately 12,000.
General Information
Being part of the Virginia Community College system which is "committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion," Germanna has led numerous initiatives to promote anti-racism. Germanna recently established "Black Minds Matter," a website which compiles a list of resources for anti-racism. Germanna is establishing a campus read program for anti-racism. Germanna will require a mandatory student training in student development course training modules. Germanna will also require training workshops for faculty. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna plans to "develop a campus read program for faculty and staff with accompanying thematic professional development and/or student activities" which will be led by the Multicultural Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna will "identify and recruit outside speakers to give addresses, presentations, or panel discussions about any manner of diversity-related topics."
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna will "develop and deliver mandatory diversity training for all student club and organization leaders, as well as club and organization advisors."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna will "develop and deliver mandatory diversity and inclusion training modules for students in Student Development (SDV) courses."
Disciplinary Measures
  • Germanna created the "Truth and Reconciliation Strategic Plan" as part of its commitment to anti-racism.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna will "identify and recruit faculty, staff, and/or external facilitators to assist with the development of diversity, equity, and inclusion training workshops for faculty and staff."
Program and Research Funding
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna will "begin building an Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion."
  • Germanna is part of the Virginia Community College system which is "committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion."
Resources
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna will "create a guide for use by Germanna offering a glossary of terms (such as the Racial Equity Tools Glossary) to support communication within the campus and beyond the campus."
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna will "develop and implement a staff-student mentorship program for underrepresented student populations."
  • In Summer 2021, Germanna developed the "Black Minds Matter" site which offers a list of numerous resources for anti-racism, including "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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