As active citizens in a multicultural world, the PCOM community cultivates an environment of inquiry, inquisitiveness and respect, promotes discovery and celebration of our differences and fosters appreciation of the rich social fabric that binds us together.
The Office of Diversity and Community Relations provides the vision, leadership and management to advance PCOM's goals to support a culture of open inquiry, pluralism and mutual respect among students, faculty and staff. The office partners with all campus units to encourage an environment of shared responsibility and ownership for the diversity and inclusion philosophy across the Philadelphia and suburban Atlanta campuses. The office is committed to promoting programs and initiatives that improve the quality of life in underserved communities.
The American Association for Higher Education and the American Association of University Professors are among over 40 educationally oriented organizations that endorsed On the Importance of Diversity in Higher Education (2002), a report outlining the critical link between diversity and higher education. The statement includes the following:
The Office of Diversity and Community Relations coordinates several community outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives.
PCOM supports the SafeZone program, which develops environments that are supportive to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) individuals.
The primary mission of the Diversity Council is to develop, recommend and sponsor policies, procedures and programs that facilitate a more diverse and pluralistic campus community that is welcoming, safe and affirming for all.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized PCOM as one of eight Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels.