• Access & Diversity

    Learn more about our Access & Diversity programs here at Columbia State.


Access & Diversity

At Columbia State, we understand the role of the college campus in providing students the opportunities to gain a richer understanding of the world and its peoples.

We also know that teachers and textbooks are not the only avenues by which students gain this understanding. Oftentimes, your fellow students are themselves valuable sources of insight, knowledge and empathy—especially those with life experiences markedly different from your own.

College & Community Mentoring Initiative (CCMI)

The primary goal of this program is to foster mentoring relationships that support each mentee’s journey towards self-reliance, successful graduation and transfer to a four-year institution and/or job placement. To accomplish this, a companion goal of the College & Community Mentoring Initiative is to establish and organize a sustainable network of professionals through partnership with Maury Regional Medical Center and from staff and faculty from the five campuses who volunteer to support and guide students through the college experience and career planning.

In keeping with the adopted Diversity Plan, this College & Community Mentoring Initiative will serve as a support system and a resource for this subpopulation of students with the end goal of maximizing their level of achievement through enrollment, retention, graduation and career advising. The subpopulation included in this grant is African American students who have the lower overall retention rate.  The two goals are 1) To increase African-American student retention by 10% and 2) Increase African-American student graduation by 15%. 

For a printable brochure, click HERE.
For more information or to sign up to be a mentor, go to www.columbiastate.edu/ccmi

Service Corps

of Higher Education Volunteers

The Service Corps will directly impact student success through increased personal interaction by mentors, volunteers and service opportunities. These relationships and experiences are crucial to Columbia State’s goal of increasing student satisfaction, retention and student graduation rates.  

The Service Corps is an integrated program that relies on partnerships across campus. Career Services, the SGA, President’s Leadership office, Tutoring Services, and the Office of Access and Diversity will be primary partners in the organization and implementation of the Corps.

This new program is currently being developed. Contact Coordinator, Sundown Kelley in the office of Access and Diversity 931.540.2742.

Making a Plan (MAP)

MAP develops and implements a formal plan for identifying students who are historically at risk for completing higher education and developing a comprehensive plan that outlines support services and provides follow-up with students. This service enhances structure and accountability while providing general moral support. Students can learn more about this program by scheduling an appointment with the secretary in the Access and Diversity Department. The secretary may be reached during regular business hours in the Access and Diversity Department (Warf 239), by calling 931.540.2854 or emailing accessanddiversity@ColumbiaState.edu.

Student Leadership Summit

Usually held in November, the Student Leadership Summit is an annual event for high school juniors and seniors. The institute focuses on leadership and community skills, personal development and financial planning, as well as an exploration of career and educational options.

All high schools in Columbia State’s nine-county area—Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry, Williamson and Wayne counties—receive an invitation for their junior and senior students to attend.

For more information, go to www.columbiastate.edu/diversity/summit

Inter-Cultural Life Organization (ICLO)

The Inter-Cultural Life Organization brings together students, faculty and staff interested in exploring ideas of diversity with analytical tools and approaches developed in a range of disciplines, committed to critical examination of historical and contemporary social issues through the lens of culture, diversity and internationalism. Contact Access and Diversity for information at 931.540.2644 and accessanddiversity@ColumbiaState.edu.

Minority Student Advisory Team

This organization is open to all historically under-represented students enrolled at Columbia State Community College.

Applications are available HERE—and should be turned in to—the Office of Access & Diversity. All applications will be reviewed and ten students will be chosen to serve for the academic year. These students will be involved in campus-wide and community activities throughout the year.  Members of this organization will support the academic success initiatives of the college.

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