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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 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."
  • 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 "develop and deliver mandatory diversity training for all student club and organization leaders, as well as club and organization advisors."
  • Germanna held its "Diversity Week" between March 6-10 of 2023 which included "Search Advocate Training." Search advocates "receive training in implicit bias, diversity, the changing legal landscape in hiring, inclusive employment principles, and practical strategies for each stage of the search process."
  • As part of its 2022-2023 Strategic Goals, Germanna would "develop diversity, equity and inclusion professional development opportunities for faculty that develop, maintain, and promote a campus climate and culture of understanding, respect, and support."
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."
  • Germanna states that it would "Increase the emphasis on diverse and inclusive teaching and learning through a review of course content, delivery, and teaching methods to identify, understand, and address social problems and systemic barriers impacting our students and communities."
Program and Research Funding
  • As part of Germanna's One Virginia Plan, Germanna will "begin building an Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion."
Resources
  • Germanna created the "Truth and Reconciliation Strategic Plan" as part of its commitment to anti-racism.
  • 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 "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.
  • Germanna is part of the Virginia Community College system which is "committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion."
  • Germanna states that it would hire an increased percentage of "historically underrepresented and other diverse faculty" by "focusing on equity, cultural awareness, and sense of belonging throughout the employee recruitment, onboarding, and retention processes."
  • Germanna created an "Inclusive Language in Writing" webpage which provides "guidelines...for those working to champion equity, diversity, and inclusion in the spaces where they learn, teach, work, or conduct research."
  • As part of its 2022-2023 Strategic Goals, Germanna would "Develop and maintain a campus culture of understanding and support for diversity through an emphasis on inclusive teaching and learning as demonstrated by 100 percent of full-time faculty."
  • The Germanna Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.) is a "two-year retention-focused mentoring program that works specifically with first year African American men."
  • On September 18, 2023, Germanna held an event titled "Unity in our Community" which "[showed] the importance of unifying as a community and [gave] a different perspective on privilege and racism."
Symbolic Actions
  • Germanna issued the following statement on the subject of racism: "Germanna Community College repudiates racism and is committed to challenging the inequitable treatment of oppressed and marginalized groups...Our administration, faculty, staff, and students will transform the learning environment to challenge and defeat hatred and ignorance with new equitable narratives reflective of diverse histories and traditions. Germanna will be at the forefront of Virginia’s reckoning with its history of slavery, the Civil War, segregation, and racial oppression."
Last updated June 14th, 2024
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