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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

BCTC is a collaborative and inclusive space, both digitally and physically. The resources below will connect you with our student and staff supports, events, forms, and more.

You Belong at BCTC

Welcome to Bluegrass Community and Technology College from The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging!

I am Dr. Carlous Yates, and it is an honor and privilege to serve as your Chief Diversity Officer. The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) advances academic excellence by increasing and advocating for campus diversity and inclusion. DEIB undertakes initiatives to recruit, retain, and succeed underrepresented students, faculty, and staff by collaborating with academic units, community partners, and national organizations and institutions.

As the nation becomes more diverse, our campuses must reflect this diversity. Diversity on a college campus is not just to benefit the most marginalized/underrepresented groups. We (BCTC) strongly believe that we must create the best educational environment possible for students whose lives will significantly change during their time at BCTC.

While we have a diverse community at BCTC, there is still work to do. Diversity is an action, inclusivity is cultural, and belonging is a feeling. Having courageous conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion can be difficult. Our goal is to invite you to have courageous conversations that allow vulnerability while also establishing expectations of a safe and welcoming BCTC Community.

Dr. Carlous B. Yates
Carlous B. Yates, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


It's important to us that where we spend our time studying and working should reflect and embrace all. There is such a broad range of human experiences and perspectives. It not only enriches the quality and vibrancy of campus life. It increases our capacity to learn and disseminate knowledge. It prepares us for engaged citizenship & leadership in a diverse and global society.

The Office of Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) advances academic excellence. 

We do this by increasing and advocating for campus diversity and inclusion. DEIB undertakes initiatives aimed at underrepresented groups' recruitment, retention, and success. These groups include students, faculty, and staff. Who do we work with? Academic units, community partners, and national organizations and institutions. 

We must create the best educational environment possible for students. Their lives will be significantly changed during their time at BCTC.

BCTC Diversity Plan


  1. Develop a comprehensive outreach and communication plan for Under Represented Minority (URM) student populations to include highs school visits, partnerships with high school and community organizations and campus visit programs.
  2. Enhance recruitment communication for both internal and external stakeholders.
  3. Enhance marketing communication for both internal and external stakeholders.
  4. Enhance communication to students to increase credential completion


  1. Develop a comprehensive plan of services aimed at engaging students for the first year to the start of the second year.
  2. Strengthen academic and student services to support student engagement and completion
  3. Identify and cultivate partnerships with business and industry and other community organizations and schools in the central Kentucky region for targeted programs.
  4. Develop and implement a comprehensive array of academic, career and support services for Under Represented Minority (URM) students


  1. Improve position postings by expanding content and placement for advertising including use of social media and other strategies for reaching diverse candidates.
  2. Improve hiring processes by ensuring selection of inclusive search committee members and monitoring processes to use all tools for equitable assessment of candidates.
  3. Improve onboarding processes with a common set of activities and expectations in a new employee course including content on the college philosophies around equity and inclusion.
  4. Engage in development of a supportive campus climate by creating and implementing a Cultural Competency Certification Program.

Student Stories: Alplato's Why

I always wanted to go into government and politics. BCTC provided an atmosphere where I could achieve what I dreamed about. I now work for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and have a master's degree in public administration. I would not have my success story without BCTC.


BCTC uses the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a guide to define disability. A condition that substantially limits a major life activity (such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, and learning) and is covered under the ADA makes a student eligible for services from DSS.

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in college programs and activities. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and retaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Safe Space training

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You must have a KCTCS email address to access this training module. Click the image above or the button below to access. The training will open in a new window. 

Safe Space Training

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Mental Health

Gender Inclusive Restroom Locations

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You Belong at BCTC

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