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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)


Dr. Leon S. John, Jr.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
610-606-4666 ext. 3596


Staff & Faculty Diversity Development Program

As a service to the campus community, the Cedar Crest College Staff and Faculty Diversity Development Program offers various educational opportunities to staff and faculty on fostering an inclusive and respectful environment that honors our diverse campus community and operationalizes the CCC Diversity Statement. Three programs are currently being offered to all staff and faculty:

  • Different Perspectives Book Club
  • IDEA Grants
  • Diversity Modules

Different Perspectives Book Club

This initiative provides participants with a place to engage in a facilitated dialogue about various cultural, intercultural, and identity issues in a brave environment that encourages openness and humility. Two books will be identified during the fall and spring semesters. The club will meet once per book during their respective semester to discuss. A light lunch will be provided.

A limited number of complimentary books will be available on a first-come first-served basis at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Copies of the books may also be available at the CCC library, preferred bookstore or the local library.

Previous Selections:

Spring 2020
On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety, by Andrea Petersen
Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health, edited By Adrian Shanker

Fall 2019
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, by Rebecca Traister
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown

Spring 2019
Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise (Our Compelling Interests) – By Eboo Patel
White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White - By Daniel Hill

Fall 2018
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin

Spring 2018
In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
Becoming Nicole: The Extraordinary Transformation of an Ordinary Family by Amy Ellis Nut

IDEA Grants

IDEA is an acronym for Innovative Diversity Efforts Awards. These grants will be funded based on the project. IDEA grants may be used to help fund campus initiatives from faculty and staff that advance the Cedar Crest College diversity statement. At least two projects will be selected per year. Faculty and staff across campus are eligible to apply for the grants. The individual(s) who submit the proposal is responsible for implementing the project. IDEA grant projects must submit a report detailing the project and how the grant impacted the curriculum/program by April 15th of the project academic year to the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

Who Can Apply: Staff and faculty affiliated with the College may apply for an IDEA grant.

IDEA Grant Funding Request

Colleague Resource Group (CRG)

A Colleague Resource Group (CRG) consists of staff and faculty who work together to promote the mission and the diversity statement of the College and raise awareness and understanding of issues affecting traditionally underrepresented groups and their allies. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion oversee the policy and is available to answer questions or to assist employees who are interested in creating a Colleague Resource Group. For more information please contact Leon S. John, Jr., Ph.D., Leon.John@cedarcrest.edu x3596.

Faculty/Staff GSD Group

The Faculty/Staff GSD Group is a place of support for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff as well as allies and advocates who are interested in fostering and sustaining a welcoming and affirming climate on campus for LGBTQ+ people. To learn more, please email the group to sign up; all are welcome!

For more information on Applicability, Implementation, Responsibilities, Registration & Funding click here.

Diversity Modules

Our goal as a College is to have our campus faculty and staff members participate in each of the four modules over the next two years (May 2018-2020). For current registration links click here.

The CCC diversity trainers will offer monthly opportunities at different times and days that will allow staff and faculty to find an accessible time and date. It is recommended individuals start with the Our CCC Diversity Community and then they can choose the order of the remaining modules. Each session has a cap so individuals are encouraged to sign up in advance especially if you would like to do it as a group, i.e. teams, offices, departments.

Our CCC Diversity Community (60 min)
This workshop engages participants in exploring human diversity by reflecting on what makes individuals unique and how it affects one’s worldview. Through telling stories, participants learn more about themselves and others in their organization. This interactive workshop also provides opportunities to practice communication skills for understanding across difference.

The outcomes of the workshop are:

  • To reflect on who we are
  • To learn about others around us
  • To explore the impact of identity in the workplace
  • To practice skills for interaction across difference
  • Identify resources at CCC

Exploring Conscious & Unconscious Bias (75 min)
This workshop engages participants in a discussion regarding our behaviors that might be problematic for others, as well as what to do about situations where we may be on the receiving end of biased behavior.

The outcomes of the workshop are:

  • To understand what is conscious and unconscious bias
  • To reveal the impacts and consequences of unconscious bias
  • To review how unconscious bias happens here on campus
  • To be able to take actions in response to unconscious bias

Cross-Cultural Communication (90 min)
This workshop engages participants in the understanding of cultures and co-cultures. This workshop also reviews how cultures can influence our communication patterns and how to become more aware of them in our daily interactions.

The outcomes of the workshop are:

  • To define culture
  • To increase awareness of your own culture and co-cultures
  • To increase awareness of how culture influences all aspects of our lives
  • To increase understanding of the 6 dimensions of national culture

LGBT 101 & How to Support Transgender Students (120 min)
This workshop allows participants to better understand current terminology and definitions of the LGBT community. It will also discuss the needs of current students, and discuss current college efforts and policies.

The outcomes of the workshop are:

  • To define gender, gender expression, sexuality, romantic attraction, and sex.
  • To increase awareness of the current needs of students from the GSD community
  • To increase awareness current college policies and services.
  • To provide strategies on how to best support students from the GSD community