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Dr. Jane Karas, on left, AACC chair and president of Flathead Valley Community College, Montana, and Walter G. Bumphus, on right, president and CEO of the AACC, present the finalist award for the 2014 AACC Award of Excellence in Advancing Diversity to Dr. Janet F. Smith, president of Columbia State Community College. The college was selected as one of four colleges throughout the nation as a finalist for the 2014 AACC Awards of Excellence in Advancing Diversity.
"Diversity at Columbia State is not a program," said Janet Smith, president of Columbia State. "It is who we are as a higher education institution, and it is about understanding and Omega Constellation Leather Strap
Columbia State recognized for advancing diversity
respecting our differences, which is integral to student success."
Among the events are a variety of lecture series that include topics on current events, women's history, STEM subjects and American history; musical performances that include international artists; and art exhibits that feature an assortment of local artists who work with a mixture of different media.
In addition, Columbia State has received a number of grants that focus on underrepresented faculty, staff and students, such as the College and Community Mentoring Initiative, which is designed to foster mentoring relationships and serve as a support system for African American students. Other grants include the Career Services Career Clusters Pilot Grant, the Learning Support Boot Camp and the "Math for Life" Summer Math Academy Grant.
Columbia State has always had a commitment to access and diversity, but in recent years the college has sought to integrate diversity into the programs and events of the colleges. That expanded awareness is embedded in programs and events that are organized by faculty and staff members Omega Speedmaster 45th Anniversary of the Lyceum Committee, the academic divisions, the Office of Access and Diversity, the international studies department, student services, and clubs and organizations.
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Columbia State is a two year college, serving a nine county area in Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton.
Diversity at Columbia State also can be found in campuswide organizations. The Inter Cultural Organization provides students, faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about historical and social issues through culture, diversity and internationalism, while the Gay Straight Alliance offers support and a safe place for any student who wants to talk and meet new people. Omega Watch Diamond
The AACC created the Awards of Excellence program to recognize innovation and leadership among community colleges across the country that make a difference in the lives of students and members of their communities. Colleges are nominated in six categories: advancing diversity, emerging leadership, student success, faculty innovation, outstanding college/corporate partnership Omega Seamaster Racing
Cultural and heritage awareness months include a celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month events. Columbia State also provides an international studies program for students interested in studying abroad, traveling to places such as Spain, China, Ireland, Peru and Kenya.
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