Centennial Campus - A324
5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Pikes Peak State College Foundation was awarded a Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Community Partner Program 4-Year Grant beginning July 2020 worth $684,000. The grant was created to support post-secondary student support service programs that work to increase student retention and completion rates at the post-secondary level.
Pikes Peak State College received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine in August 2020. It was the third consecutive year that PPSC received the award.
Pikes Peak State College was awarded the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools bronze distinction in February 2021. The bronze distinction is for colleges with exceptional military and veteran programs.
The Pikes Peak State College Marketing and Communications Department received an American Advertising Federal Colorado Springs 2020 Addy Mosaic Award in March 2021. This award recognizes work that promotes diversity and inclusion. PPSC won for a video spot featuring the Jaramillo family.
The Pikes Peak State College Child Development Center was selected to participate in the University of Colorado Denver Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) Preschool Development Grant: Inclusion & Universal Design Project in May 2021.
Chelsea Barrett, Black Student Union President
Michael Reyes, Federal TRiO Student Support Services Transition Specialist
Dr. Dennis Natali, Business Professor
The Honorable Regina Walter, Retired Colorado Fourth Judicial District Judge and founder of both the Educating Children of Color Summit and Diversity University
Nzallah Whong, Global Village Facilitator
Kristina Charfauros, Administrative Assistant & Events Coordinator, Student Life
Katherine Sturdevant, Professor, History
Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations). Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2016
NOTE: Group and social differences are manifested in various forms among our administration, faculty, staff, and students including but not limited to: differences of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, language, work classification, military service, socio-economic status, and ability.
Cultural competence is having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students and their families. It is the ability to understand the within-group differences that make each student unique, while celebrating the between-group variations that make our country a tapestry. This understanding informs and expands teaching practices in the culturally competent educator’s classroom. National Education Association, 2015
The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion. Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2016
The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2016
An educational reform that strives to increase the engagement and motivation of students of color who historically have been both unsuccessful academically and socially alienated from their public schools. Vavrus, 2008, p. 49
The definition consists of four primary elements:
According to Marilyn Cochran-Smith, a leading scholar in education, a social justice framework is one that:
"Actively addresses the dynamics of oppression, privilege, and isms, and recognizes that society is the product of historically rooted, institutionally sanctioned stratification along socially constructed group lines that include race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability (among others). Working for social justice means guiding others and being guided in critical self-reflection about the socialization into the matrix of unequal relationships and its implications, analysis of the mechanisms of oppression, and the ability to challenge these hierarchies."
Basically, a social justice framework is a way of seeing and acting aimed at resisting unfairness and inequity while enhancing freedom and possibility for all. It pays primary attention to how people, policies, practices, curricula, and institutions may be used to liberate rather than oppress those least served by our decision making. Sensoy, O. & DiAngelo, R., 2009
Unity is being together or at one with someone or something. It's the opposite of being divided.
1. - n. An undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting. Vocabulary.com, 2017
Fairness is the quality of making judgments that are free from discrimination.
1.A. - n. Conformity with rules or standards, 1.B. - n. Ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty. Vocabulary.com, 2017
When you value something, you consider it important and worthwhile.
1. - n. The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable. Vocabulary.com, 2017
Belonging is a sense of fitting in or feeling like you are an important member of a group.
1. - n. Happiness felt in a secure relationship. Vocabulary.com, 2017