Flathead Valley Community College supports diversity, tolerance and understanding. As an educational institution, we support free speech, civil discourse and debate. We do not condone any form of discrimination, racism, sexism or intolerance for others based on sexual orientation, religious affiliation, gender identity, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or personal background or identity.

Flathead Valley Community College is a welcoming campus community where diversity and inclusion are important to our staff, students, faculty and campus community. We will continue to work hard to foster an environment of civil discourse, free speech, tolerance and understanding.

Statement from President Jane A. Karas

As a nation, we are seeing a time of great unrest and change. As a community, we feel the effects of nationwide protests, recent violence, and racism.

At FVCC, we support constructive dialogue and acceptance of diversity. Education provides an opportunity to study and discuss systemic change. Our campus serves students who create their own individual boundaries around political, racial, gender and/or sexual orientations. Diversity means hearing one another and recognizing the importance of our differences and appreciating the similarities we share as humans.

We are providing additional online resources for better understanding diversity and inclusion. We will continue to engage diverse voices, reach out to a broad student population, and through our role as an educational organization, we will uphold justice and tolerance.

Together, we have an opportunity to guide, change and build the world in which we want to live—one where there is no place for racism and intolerance but rather a culture of learning, civic discourse and understanding.

Jane A. Karas
Flathead Valley Community College

Equity Statement

At Flathead Valley Community College, equity means ensuring each student’s individual experience is acknowledged. FVCC works to support each student and ensure they receive what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience.

Community colleges are an indispensable asset to ensure and preserve access to higher education and success for all students, particularly historically underrepresented or underprivileged student populations.1 At FVCC, we are committed to helping underrepresented students overcome barriers they are facing.

We recognize that each student arrives at FVCC with unique circumstances, and FVCC is committed to fostering an individualized student experience that provides equitable opportunities for all of our students to achieve their goals.

1 Examples of historically underrepresented students include but are not limited to: first-generation, low-income, people of color; adults; marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex people; people with second-language backgrounds; undocumented people; veterans; people with disabilities; people with dependents; foster care youth; people experiencing digital inequities, and formerly and currently incarcerated people.

Title IX at FVCC

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on their sex or gender identify in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

FVCC has individuals on campus identified as a Title IX Liaison – a person who is available to support and refer students, staff, and/or faculty who are concerned about or want to report on incident of sexual harassment or assault. For more information, visit fvcc.edu/title-ix

Opportunities for Students to Get Involved

Appreciating Individuality, Challenges & Excellence (AICE)
The AICE Support Group encourages the campus community to join together to discuss disability related topics. Each week a member of the group facilitates the discussion. Also, the group engages in volunteer activities to benefit the community and educational activities for the FVCC campus. The activities build rapport and support intellectual and social growth. For more information, contact Tracy Sullivan at (406) 756-3376 or email tsullivan@fvcc.edu.

Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA)
The GSA provides a social support group, serves the community, and spreads awareness. We are an inclusive group for all that face or want to fight discrimination in any form. Join us at our weekly lunch meetings for good conversation, a guest speaker, fun games or a movie. We also plan on supporting and joining up with other GSAs, or similar organizations in the valley and host periodic evening events, both social and educational in nature. Contact advisor, Wendy Jeschke at (406) 756-3908 or email wjeschke@fvcc.edu.

Global Friends
Global Friends welcomes all individuals who are interested in multicultural issues and global, as well as local perspective. Students, staff and community members interested in promoting cultural awareness and diversity are invited to participate. The club meets weekly and sponsors various activities on campus. For more information, contact Gerda Reeb at (406) 756-3889 or email greeb@fvcc.edu.

Native American Club
The Native American Club supports the academic and personal success of American Indian/Alaska Native students and all FVCC students with an emphasis on promoting cultural awareness and creating a welcoming campus. For more information, contact Leslie Greene at lgreene@fvcc.edu.