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Diversity & Inclusion


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Carroll

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Clyde Johnson Jr.
Executive Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

“Diversity is so many different things. It’s not just race; it is about accessibility. It is about age. It is about gender. So when we start asking what the D is, it’s about differences. It’s about the makeup of people,” explained Clyde Johnson Jr., Executive Director of DEIB at Carroll. “The E, the Equity piece, is about the ability for you to be able to have the same thing as I have. With the I for Inclusivity, we’re talking about how people are included into [something]; how people are included into a classroom or into a program. The B is for Belonging; we just all want to feel like we belong. We want to know that we’re at the table, that our voices are heard, that we are respected.”

In preparing learners to succeed in diverse work environments and a dynamic, connected global community, Carroll Community College fosters campus and civic engagement and a sense of belonging by providing a safe learning environment that models respect, acceptance, inclusion and empathy towards diverse ways of thinking and being. Students, faculty and staff are involved in this work in important ways:

  • General Education courses introduce students to the fundamental knowledge, skills and values essential for fostering personal and social responsibility in a diverse, complex and changing world.
  • Co-curricular activities provide students with opportunities to explore and experience diverse perspectives outside of the classroom.
  • Ongoing professional learning related to topics of diversity, equity and inclusion is offered to all employees.

Diversity and Inclusion Courses

Diversity and inclusion are components of the College’s General Education courses, incorporating learning experiences to help students identify their roles as global citizens in a multicultural country and world.

A number of these courses carry a diversity designation, indicating that a significant portion of the class incorporates themes or topics related to cultural differences, groups that have been historically marginalized, or intellectual movements that address systems of injustice.

To support a Maryland state initiative and the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, graduates in Associate of Arts degree programs must complete two diversity-designated courses.

View the list of General Education Diversity Courses in our current college catalog.

What Makes Carroll so Special?

Even though this is a really small school, I really feel like there is a lot of diversity. Becky Maurio [Professor of World Languages at Carroll] nominated me to become a student ambassador. Networking through that, I found a job in Carroll’s ESOL program and now work with social media to promote their fine classes and everything they have to offer.

Maria Cardona quote Carroll Community College
María Cardona Carroll Music Program student

Features of Diversity at Carroll

Diversity Audit Employee Training Carroll Community College

Diversity at Colleges Welcomes Everyone

For Carroll, diversity at colleges means offering an accessible, welcoming atmosphere that generates a more vibrant student body. Fostering this dynamic is what Clyde Johnson, Jr. does as Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), filling this inaugural role in January 2021. He also serves on the county’s Carroll…

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Diversity Events

Check out our diversity events calendar for opportunities to learn on campus!