Diversity at PVCC

Students in the PVCC International Club hanging out on campus

At PVCC, we value and support the diversity of our students, faculty and staff. We seek to promote an understanding and appreciation of differences by creating an inclusive environment embracing individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and aspirations.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion committee is a standing committee comprised of faculty, staff, deans and administrators who meet regularly to discuss ways to promote PVCC's strong commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion. The committee was founded as a VCCS Chancellors initiative and has since grown into a dedicated group of people who work to ensure that PVCC is an inclusive space for all.

The purpose of the committee is to advance and foster a culture of Diversity and Inclusion within our College community in which all students, faculty and staff, and community members feel welcome to work and learn. The committee is divided into three subcommittees, each of which focus on different areas within the college. 

  • Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention 
  • Professional Development 
  • Campus Culture 

If you have comments or suggestions for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, please contact co-chair's Kristy Simpkins, ksimpkins@pvcc.edu or John Gulley, jgulley@pvcc.edu 

Diversity Resources 

PVCC Disability Services 
Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education - TJACE at PVCC strives to offer the best instruction to area adults by helping them enhance their core skills to get their high school diploma or GED® and to help improve reading, writing, and speaking skills for both non-native English speakers and speakers of other languages. 
Student Services
Scholarships
PVCC Safe - We work hard to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all.  Please use our incident reporting form to report threats, crime, safety, and security incidents.

Related External Resources

100 Black Men of Central Virginia - African-American male organization dedicated to improving challenges facing their central Virginia community. 
Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together) – A network of the Charlottesville regional Latino/Hispanic community 
Equality Virginia - Statewide non-partisan outreach and advocacy organization seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) Virginians. 
Sin Barreras - Outreach to primarily immigrant Hispanic community connecting individuals to services. 
The Women's Initiative - Seeks to provide social support, education and counseling services to empower women to transform challenging life situations into opportunities.

Local Resource Listings

Diverse Living in Charlottesville
Information on community organizations that focus on social justice, diversity and equity.
Women’s Initiative local resources page
Minority Rights Coalition, local resources by community

Educational Programs


For Students:

Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
The Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation strives for diversification of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, with an emphasis on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees and matriculating to graduate school.
International Education
Learn a new language, expand your cultural awareness or study abroad.

For Faculty/Staff: 

Minority Professional Teaching Fellows
This program was developed to provide minority professionals who hold master's degrees the opportunity to gain collegiate teaching experience within the Virginia Community College System. The program matches working professionals with part-time teaching assignments at a nearby community college.