CCMA’s Commitment to Equity
As a higher education convening organization, Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic (CCMA) recognizes the unique opportunity to harness the collective resources and capacity of higher education institutions in advancing equity across the region. Because of this role, CCMA understands the responsibility we hold as an organization to collectively address issues of inequity and oppression in our communities, including systemic racism, economic poverty, discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disabilities, language, and culture. We condemn racism, discrimination, and inequity in all forms, both direct and indirect, recognizing that bias inequity in any form diminishes us all, and impedes our efforts for co-creating just and equitable communities.
As we continue to grow in our understanding of the realities many in our communities face, we understand that our work in higher education plays an essential role in developing systemic change agents and overcoming oppressive systems. Previously, the work of higher education in addressing racism, discrimination based on gender, sexual identity, disabilities, and other inequities, has been accomplished through institutions engaging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. As learning in the field changes, many institutions and organizations are looking for ways to deepen their work, not only on their campuses, but within surrounding communities. While equity seeks to “guarantee the fair treatment, advancement, opportunity and access for all individuals,” through identifying and eliminating barriers that prevent access and participation, and improving overall quality of life (International City/County Management Association, 2020); what does this ultimately mean for communities that experience marginalization and inequity? Creating healthy, holistic, and sustainable communities by centering the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work is a form of justice. Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic firmly believes that justice is not separate from our work in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourages those within our network and beyond to consider this in how we collectively create meaningful positive change and address systemic oppression.