Value Statements

  • Statements on Diversity, Inclusion, & Tolerance

    The Mission

    Southeast Community College values the opportunity to provide quality applied technology and academic educational opportunities for the students, businesses and communities of our district. To achieve that purpose, Southeast Community College will:

    • Continue to value local governance
    • Value and support diversity and promote global education
    • Be affordable and accessible
    • Develop and maintain partnerships
    • Provide responsive delivery systems
    • Respond to emerging technology
    • Promote continuous improvement
    • Promote student learning through the provision of quality instruction and curriculum
    • Embrace lifelong learning
    • Maximize and utilize resources efficiently
    • Be accountable
    • Encourage a positive environment
    • Promote recruitment and retention
    • Be communicative
    • Be fiscally responsible

    A Universal Pledge of Respect

    The college community is dedicated to the advancement ofknowledge and the development of integrity. In order to thrive and excel, thiscommunity must preserve the freedom of thought and expression of all itsmembers. A culture of respect that honors the rights, safety, dignity and worthof every individual is essential to preserve such freedom.

    By choosing to be members of this community, we pledge ourrespect for the standards of the community and for the rights and well-being ofall its members.

    As a member of the college community, I pledge that:

    • I will respect the dignity and essential worth of all individuals.
    • I will promote a culture of respect throughout the College community.
    • I will respect the privacy, property, and freedom of others.
    • I will not tolerate bigotry, discrimination, violence, or intimidation of any kind.
    • I will practice personal and academic integrity and expect it from others.
    • I will promote the diversity of opinions, ideas and backgrounds which is the lifeblood of the college community

    10 Things You Can Do to Counter Hate And Intolerance in Our Community

    Jose J. Soto, VicePresident for Access/Equity/Diversity
    Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, NE

    1. Teachour youth, through leadership and modeling, to appreciate and embrace cultural,religious, ethnic, and other differences.
    2. Workwith others to plan and conduct activities that provide our youth withopportunities to experience the rich diversity that exists in our community.
    3. Workwith public school officials, teachers, parent groups, student organizations,and others to ensure that issues of diversity and tolerance are periodicallydiscussed in all-school assemblies.
    4. Set anexpectation for yourself, our elected and civic leaders, your faith communityleaders, leaders in the business and industry sectors, and leaders in ourpublic education system to address current events that deal with issues race,hate, bigotry or discrimination.
    5. Encourageand participate in an effort to coordinate a day that all clergy in ourcommunity will deliver a sermon encouraging that diversity be embraced,supported and promoted in our community.
    6. Be thefirst to stand up and let others know unequivocally that you stand for equalityand fairness for all, and stand against hate, discrimination and exclusionbased on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or otherdiversity status.
    7. As afamily, attend activities and recognitions sponsored by local groups (e.g., theNAACP, the Urban League, the Women’s Commission) and centers that serve diversesectors of our community (e.g., Malone Center, Hispanic Center, Asian Center,Indian Center).
    8. Withinyour immediate sphere of influence and authority, assume some level of responsibilityfor initiating and improving relationships and interactions across racial,ethnic, cultural, and other differences.
    9. Pledgeto yourself that from this moment on you will engage in ways of "thinking,being, and doing" that will enhance your reputation in this community asan agent of tolerance, acceptance, fairness, and justice for all.
    10. Sharethis communication with others as a way of affirming their support fordiversity, or as an opportunity to provide some guidance on how they cancontribute to reducing hate and intolerance in our community.