A Commitment to Diversity and Civility

October 26, 2012 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

A Commitment to Diversity and Civility

TO: The Members of the Campus Community

FROM: President  Pérez

RE: Statement of the College’s Commitment to Diversity and Campus Civility

In September of 2012 a statement on the college’s and my own commitment to diversity and equal opportunity was distributed. If you have not already reviewed the statement, it may be found: http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/aac/upload/president_letter.pdf

As you know, we at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) are a multicultural community of people. We come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, national origins, and have different religious and political beliefs, sexual orientations and physical abilities. We are a community that values diversity and tolerance of differences. Our diversity adds immeasurably to the richness of our experience at the college.

Each member of the BMCC community is responsible for fostering an atmosphere characterized by dignity, tolerance, respect, appreciation of diversity and a positive regard for all members of our college community. Any act of bigotry violates our core values.

To further our goal of civility and tolerance, and foster an environment free from discrimination, we must each treat everyone with respect, without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age or disability. It is our belief that we should treat others as we wish to be treated.

As members of the BMCC community, we are individually responsible for our behavior and our actions. We understand that people differ from others in many ways, and differences of opinion exist within any community, and we want faculty, staff and students to feel free to express themselves. However, we expect that this will be done in a manner that promotes civil interaction with others. Civil interaction is promoted when we speak to and behave towards each other with civility, respect and basic courtesy.