Vaccination Update

As of July 5, 2022, the College will no longer enforce a vaccine mandate, and visitors will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to access campus. Please see our College COVID-19 Updates for more information and visit our Virtual Student Resource Center for support.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Following is a draft of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion pillar, a sixth pillar to be added to the 2017-2025 Strategic Plan: An Uncompromising Focus on Student Success. Please review the draft of the proposed DEI pillar and share your feedback at

Situated in the heart of the racially diverse and culturally vibrant city of Philadelphia, the College is comprised of a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and administrators. As such, the College is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is embedded in all aspects of College life, including admissions, the academic experience, employee recruitment and retention, and in its relationships with entities doing business with the College.

Diversity is the presence of individuals from different backgrounds (ages, people with various abilities and disabilities, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, national origins, political affiliations, races, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, and veterans) and experiences within the College community.

Equity is the process of ensuring that processes and programs are impartial, fair and provide equal possible outcomes for all persons within the College community. 

Inclusion is the practice of ensuring that all who are part of the College community, including those from diverse groups and intersectional identities, feel supported, valued, respected and welcome. 

The College understands that its DEI pledge is honored when students and employees witness that the College exhibits this pledge not just through its words, but also its actions. 

The College will undertake the continuous critical analysis of existing structures in all facets of the College, identify those that are inequitable on their face or in their application, and do the hard work necessary to dismantle those inequitable structures. The work of DEI is a continuum, and the College commits to an annual review and assessment through an equity lens of policies and procedures that affect student outcomes, employee hiring and retention, vendor proposals and agreements, and all other areas that may benefit. 

Ultimately, this intentional focus will position the College to become an innovative leader in the city and nation in the area of DEI work by creating a safe space campus that values, promotes and amplifies the experiences of those from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups in its curricula, programming, administrative policies, hiring practices, daily interactions and activities. These concerted efforts will lead to increased student engagement, and improved retention and academic outcomes. 

Strategic Directions

  • Require all departments across the College community to create Diversity Plans that specifically address where diversity is lacking and include strategies on how each will increase, retain and support underrepresented employee groups in their departments, along with plans on how these strategies will be continually reviewed and assessed for effectiveness
  • Fully implement anti-racist training for all administrators, staff and faculty 
  • Implement College policies that promote equitable outcomes in the classroom, and all other areas and aspects of the college experience with the goal of increasing equitable graduation and pass rates for all students
  • Encourage the use of diverse and inclusive course materials
  • Promote and ensure that requests for proposals reach vendors from underrepresented groups 
  • Appoint employee and student representatives from throughout the College to serve on the President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council 
  • Expand the role of the President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council to include serving as “ambassadors” to the College departments in implementing DEI strategies and assessing their outcomes 

Resources at the College Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Following are current resources, offices and initiaitives at the College that demonstrate a committment to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is embedded in all aspects of College life.