River Valley Community College is committed to supporting equity and inclusion for all members of the academic community. We seek to promote human rights and to ensure that the institution supports diverse populations of students, employees, and affiliates. We recognize individual and group differences as including, but not limited to, the following dimensions: race; ethnicity; national origin or ancestry; citizenship; immigration status; sex; gender; sexual orientation; physical or mental disability; medical condition; genetic information; marital status; registered domestic partner status; age; political beliefs, religion, or creed; military, veteran or law enforcement status; socioeconomic status; and any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.


Black History Month

2.0 Million
The number of Black civilian veterans in the United States nationwide in 2022.
The percentage of African Americans age 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher in 2022.
The number of Black-owned employer businesses in the United States in 2021.
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Low-income and minority Americans tend to live and work in areas disproportionately exposed to pollution (www.momscleanairforce.com, 2023).
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Latino children are 60% more at risk than white counterparts to have asthma attacks (www.momscleanairforce.com, 2023).
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Groups formerly seen as "minorities" may reach majority status by 2045 (50 Diversity in the Workplace Statistics to Know by Bailey Reiners, 2023).
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Forty-eight percent (48%) of Generation Z are of racial or ethnic minority (50 Diversity in the Workplace Statistics to Know by Bailey Reiners, 2023).
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More than half LGBT employees conceal their sexuality at work (May 2015, The cost of the closet).
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Gender-Diverse Teams are 15% more likely to outperform the average team (October 2022, Diversity in the Workplace Statisticis to Know).
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Three in four (3 in 4) job seekers and workers prefer diverse companies and coworkers. (50 Diversity in the Workplace Statistics to Know by Bailey Reiners, 2023).
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Age bias stars at age 47 (Westpac Women of Influence Report, 2015).
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According to a June 2020 survey, 55% of 18-34 year-olds wanted to see more racial diversity in advertisements, compared to 32% of 65+ year-olds (Statista, 2020).
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Facebook found that online campaigns with more diverse representation had higher ad recall in 90% of the simulations they ran (Facebook, n.d.).
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People with a physical disabiltiy take less time off work. Over a 15 month tiral people with physical disabilties were absent 11.8 days, compared to people without physical diability who were absent 19.2 days (Austrailian Network on Disability, quoting Telstra study, 2010).
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Companies without accessible sites are losing $6.9 billion a year to competitors whose sites are accessible (US Department of Commerce, n.d.).
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Ninety percent (90%) of websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities who rely on assistive technology (AbilityNet, n.d.).
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One in two mothers report discrimination in the workplace during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work. One in four fathers and partners report discrimination related to parental leave and return to work (Australian Human Rights Commission).
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Diverse teams are 87% better at making decisions (Fall 2022, People Management).
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There is new focus on the multigenerational workforce. There are now five, or more generations in the workforce from the Silent Generation, baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z (Everfi, DEI Trends for 2022).
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Inclusive cultures produce better business decisions 87% of the time, and they make them twice as quickly (March 2022 KIDADL, 81 Diversity Facts That Will Definitely Surprise You).
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More than half of college students say they feel excluded based on an aspect of their identity (April 2022, Hanover Research, Frontier in Higher Education).
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88% of students consider it important for institutions to prioritize the funding for programs and resources that support historically disadvantaged student subgroups (April 2022, Hanover Research, 2022 Higher Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey).
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Nearly half of first generation college students (neither parent has a bachelor's degree) attend a community college, compared to 25% of students with college-educated parents (February 2018, Department of Education National Center for Education).
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The United State's GDP would increase by $25 billion if just 1% more persons with disabilities were hired. People with disabilities had a 7.3% unemployment rate, which is more than double pre-pandemic rate of 3.5% for the overall population (March 2022, 81 Diversity Facts That Will Definitely Surprise You).
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According to a UCLA Williams Institute poll of 935 LGBT workers, conducted in May 2021, 46% of them had been treated unfairly at work. This includes being passed over for a job, getting fired, and being harrassed. one third of LGBT employees have quit their job due to discrimination (March 2022, KIDADL, 81 Diversity Facts That Will Definitely Surprise you).
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Between 1999 and 2019, the number of women in the US workforce increased by 18.5%, while the number of people of color increased by 26% (March 2022 KIDADL, 81 Diversity Facts That Will Definitely Surprise You).
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Voices of DEI


A Lesson in Implicit Bias
Conan | TBS
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Why Representation Really Matters
Aisha Thomas | TEDxBristol
Bing Video
Improving Your Diversity IQ
Doug Melville | TEDxSyracuseUniversity
Inclusion Starts With I
Diversity & Inclusion | Copyright Accenture
The Danger of a Single Story
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TED
Bing Video
Shelby Scarbrough | TEDxNapa Valley
YouTube Video
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