Diverse students posing with laptops

Equity and Access

Student success is our top priority. Through concentrated efforts, College of DuPage considers the whole scholar and implements best practices to ensure success for all students. Through the new commitment with the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative we intend to continue proven practices and implement new strategies to eliminate equity gaps by the year 2025.

Message from President Dr. Brian Caputo

College of DuPage is an institution that is committed to equity and inclusion. A multicultural community will enrich all of our lives by opening us up to new ideas that broaden our ability to understand and accept one another.

Brian Caputo

Dr. Brian Caputo

The College is fervent in its commitment to equity. When the Partnership for College Completion launched the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative in 2018, we were eager to participate. COD became part of a group of 28 two-year and four-year, public and private nonprofit colleges and universities across the state committed to eliminating racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps by 2025.

In 2020, the College's Board of Trustees approved the addition of equity to the institution's existing core values of integrity, honesty, respect and responsibility. The College then developed and implemented its Equity Plan and formed the Equity and Access Team, a cross-constituency group supporting the institutional goal of eliminating completion gaps among Black, Latinx and under-resourced students.

College of DuPage pledges to do everything it can to show our community that brilliance shines in every individual. We celebrate diversity and pledge to provide the tools needed to build a world that embraces all of us.

College of DuPage Equity Statement

Student access and success in higher education continue to be impacted by the effects of systemic inequities. 

College of DuPage believes in the right to a high-quality education in an equitable and inclusive environment. 

Through intentional design, the College will ensure that each student receives the information, resources, and supports necessary to achieve their educational goals. Learn more about the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative.

Did You Know?

The Adjunct Faculty Training Institute offers a Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion in the Classroom course? The course explores diversity and social justice in the college environment. The course runs Monday, Feb. 8 through March 19, 2021. Seats are limited. 

What Does Equity Mean at College of DuPage?

This roundtable discussion focuses on COD's Equity Plan and the next steps. Panelists include Dr. Brian Caputo, Associate Vice President of Assessment and Student Success Lisa Stock, Equity Team Chair and English Faculty Jill Salas, Associate Vice President of Academic Partnerships and Learning Resources Cynthia Sims, and Interim Dean of Arts, Communication & Hospitality Anthony Ramos. Speech Department Chair Lauren Morgan is the facilitator.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program - New

It is not enough to simply have a diverse workplace today. With recent events of social unrest and racial tension in our country, it is more important than ever to embrace a workplace culture of inclusion. This carefully designed program is intended to meet each individual where they are in their journey towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Identify your unique talents and those of your colleagues as you learn to become more open and inclusive to build understanding.

This program focuses on employee competencies to promote awareness, build courage, identify emotional intelligences, encourage curiosity and help participants develop action plans to support commitment towards a more inclusive organization.

Register through MyACCESS or by calling the Continuing Education registration desk at (630) 942-2208.

Participants will explore the concept of unconscious bias and how they can minimize its effect in the workplace and in customer/client relations. Each participant will learn how their unique identities shape their experiences and impact their day-to-day interactions with others. Participants will also learn strategies for minimizing the effects of unconscious bias, which take the form of verbal, nonverbal and environmental micro-messages.

Wednesday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. to noon
BSBUS-0600-500, $129

Participants will understand what an inclusive workplace looks like and the benefits it creates. Recognize how emotional intelligence influences leaders in their ability to lead an inclusive workforce. Establish a framework that can increase inclusion at the organizational level.

Wednesday, March 24 & April 7, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
BSBUS-0600-600, $199

Participants will learn how subtle inequities can create a culture of devaluing and dividing others. Recognize how cultural competence influences what we do and how we react to others. Learn ways to manage sensitive conversations and focus on respectful interactions.

Thursday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. to noon
BSBUS-0600-700, $129

Participants will identify the challenges that women face as they pursue leadership positions. Whether you are a woman or managing women in your organization, learn how to maximize the strength and skills of women to become effective leaders in any organization.

Thursday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon
BSBUS-0600-800, $129

Contact Information

Jill Salas, Equity Team Chair and English Faculty
salasj261@cod.edu