College of the Desert is an inclusive, student-centered community college providing
high-quality degree, certificate, and transfer programs that are accessible, affordable,
and responsive to the diverse needs of students and our community. By preparing workforce
professionals and leaders, the College enhances the local economy, closes persistent
equity gaps, and improves the quality of life in the Coachella Valley and surrounding
College of the Desert will be a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social
justice, while continually improving community access to relevant training, certificates,
degree programs, services, and transfer opportunities.
We fulfill our Vision and Mission by creating and sustaining a community where all
are welcomed and valued. Recognizing the importance of diversity, we acknowledge the
rich and unique contributions each person makes to achieve the Vision and advance
the Mission of the College. To this end, the following Values will guide our actions:
To fulfill our Mission and achieve our Vision, we commit to ensuring open access to
We value the thoughts, words, and actions of our students, colleagues, and community
members. We encourage open dialogue, respectful dissent, and varying opinions in an
inclusive forum. We pursue broad understanding, effective dialogue, and inclusive
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)
We embrace the diversity of our community and uphold the dignity and worth of every
individual. We strive to create safe, equitable, and accessible environments so individuals
can learn, grow, and complete their educational goals.
We listen to each other compassionately, with open minds, and without judgment.
As good stewards of the public trust, we take thoughtful, intentional, and responsible
action in allocating resources to fulfill our Mission and Vision. We anticipate and
respond to dynamic fiscal conditions through ongoing evaluation, effective planning,
reallocating existing resources with an equity lens, and developing and seeking new
We create an environment of empowerment, creativity, courage, and exploration to provide
a unique student-learning-centered culture that fosters innovation.
We take accountability for our actions and adhere to the highest ethical standards
in all our professional and personal responsibilities. We communicate openly, honestly,
and with authenticity.
We commit to a fair and equal society in which all people and groups are valued and
affirmed. We embrace efforts to end systemic racism. We recognize the legacy of past
injustices and promote actions in support of restorative justice and full implementation
of human and civil rights. (Based on: John Lewis, Institute for Social Justice.)
- We commit to student learning, goal completion, personal fulfillment, and