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Pima Community College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
4905 East Broadway Boulevard
Pima, Arizona 85709
(520) 206-4500
Email address
School Information
To guide Pima Community College, these values characterize the way in which we accomplish our mission: People: We value our students, employees and the community members we serve, by making decisions that address the needs of those populations. Integrity: We make a commitment to academic honesty, personal ethics and institutional decision-making that is based on sound moral principles, accountability and transparency. Excellence: We embrace best practices and value high quality services and programs that lead to successful outcomes for our students through evidence-based continuous improvement practices. Communication: We are committed to sharing information with internal and external stakeholders in a transparent, timely and meaningful way that is open, honest and civil. Collaboration: We encourage teamwork and cooperation within the College and with the community to support student success. Open Admissions and Open Access: We value open admissions and access to our programs and services for all who may benefit from them, regardless of where they are starting from or what their final goal may be.
General Information
Pima Community College wrote a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan which established six strategic initiatives to engage in anti-racism. Pima now has a position of DEI officer, but its other initiatives such as recruiting more minorities and enhancing cultural competency are more ambiguous. The Governing Board has stated its opposition to systemic racism and support of equity and anti-racism. The College even won an equity award in 2019. Pima has endorsed the “campus-wide” reading of “How to be an Antiracist.” The reading of this book appears to have been optional and there is no evidence students or faculty are required to undergo training.

Actions Taken

Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • In 2017, Pima released a "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan" which established six Strategic Goals. Pima hired a DEI officer, improved recruitment and retention of employees from underrepresented populations, built diversity and inclusion competencies for employees, and enhanced students' diversity and inclusion.
  • Pima is committed to "empowering equity." It seeks to "make systemic change now" according to Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's third option to confront racism. Initiatives to this end include the "Governing Board's stated support of anti-racism," "Unconference in August featuring Dr. Kendi and educator Dr. Laura Rendon," a "Shared reading of "How to Be an Antiracist," and a new "Faculty Senate Systemic Justice Action Committee."
  • Pima Library offers resources that explore race and racism. Some book recommendations include "How to be an Antiracist" and "White Fragility."
Symbolic Actions
  • In 2019, Pima won the "Association of Community College Trustees' Pacific Regional Equity" Award "for furthering diversity, equity and inclusion among students and the community."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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