Volunteer State Community College is a very diverse campus; we have faculty and students representing at least 28 countries. These countries span from Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Some of these countries are: Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Canada, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria, Sudan, and Venezuela.
Diversity is an important element in the learning environment. Volunteer State Community College takes pride in offering many different avenues to expose students to the diverse world in which we live. Here at Vol State we define diversity in this way: to facilitate awareness of people different from ourselves, respect for their rights, and understanding of their points of view.
Diversity is a key element in the intellectual and interpersonal development of Vol State students. Diversity is vital among students, faculty, staff and administrators because it:
- enhances academic quality and excellence by preparing students to live and work in an increasingly global, pluralistic, multicultural society;
- strengthens communities whose citizens will be judged by the quality of their character and contributions; fosters and promotes citizenship, teamwork and respect;
- and strengthens economic prosperity by effectively using the skills of individuals from different ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and communities.
Volunteer State’s Diversity Committee serves as a major tool in exposing the student population as well as staff and faculty to the different cultures and perspectives. The purpose of the Diversity Committee is to promote awareness of and increase diversity at the College. In addition, there is a Campus and Cultural Committee and an International Education Committee. Students are welcome to be a part of the committees.
The Office of Disability Services, located in the Wood Campus Center Suite 108, is here to assist students who may have a documented disability. Their mission is “to support the college’s mission as a public, comprehensive community college.” The Office of Disability Services ensures equal access to all campus programs and activities. The office promotes full participation in campus life for individuals with disabilities. Accommodations and support services are provided to students with disabilities who register with the office. Services are provided to assist students in obtaining their academic and personal goals. Assistance is provided in a collaborative way in order to empower students to advocate for their needs and assume responsibility for their academic outcomes.
The Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, located in Suite 217 of the Wood Campus Center, sponsors many different activities and clubs for our diverse population. You can get more information by visiting the Diversity Initiative page on the Student Life web site.