NOVA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Come as you are. | Become who you want to be. | That is our promise.

Acknowledging the history of systemic inequality and inequity in Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) takes a stand for social justice. NOVA is committed to creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable Virginia by fostering excellence in higher education. As the most diverse institution of higher education in Virginia, NOVA is driven by a core commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity. Guided by the work of the Chancellor’s task force on diversity, NOVA strives to create inclusive physical and virtual spaces where persons from all backgrounds and experiences are welcome, safe, and respected. NOVA celebrates the diversity of expressions, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, culture, social class, veteran status, age, gender expression, sexual orientation, and physical or mental capability that constitute the rich fabric of the community. NOVA embraces opportunities to create a college that is a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work. We do this by fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring equity while maintaining an open, civil, and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In so doing, NOVA fulfills its mission to offer world-class teaching and learning to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

News and Updates

NOVA Board Resolution of Commitment and Support for Equity in Opportunity

June 22, 2020

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD, that we hereby call upon NOVA’s leadership, faculty and staff to seize this opportunity to act on the institution’s shared values with renewed purpose and integrity, to embody – in the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the “inescapable network of mutuality” in achieving and sustaining our educational commitments to the region.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ask our leadership, faculty, staff and students to identify specific, measurable, visible actions that can improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in our college’s practices and outcomes and to do everything possible, within their roles, to eliminate implicit bias in policies and practices while improving NOVA’s climate and culture for the full and ever-expanding diversity of our college community.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the suggested improvements take the form of commitments for the upcoming year that can be tracked to measure NOVA’s progress in removing inequality and structural racism. For as is so clearly memorialized in our values statement, “We believe our worth as a community college is measured by the quality and timeliness of our response and service to the community.” The college understands and acknowledges that it is part of a larger community and we are strengthened by our resolve to dismantle structural racism and to transform lives and communities. These are times that can and should test NOVA. To quote James Baldwin, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” We must collectively rise up to the occasion and we will.

Read the full resolution

Message from President Anne Kress: Real Change is More Than a March, Taskforce or Committee

June 8, 2020

Message from President Anne Kress: What Can We Do?

June 1, 2020


Antiracism: A Guide to Stories, Perspectives, and Connections

Here you can: (1) Explore the history and conditions that have led to the unrest of 2020. (2) Find resources to move forward in antiracism as individuals and as an institution.


NOVA's College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

The Council, representing the work of the campus DEI Committees, will make recommendations to the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (or, in the absence of this office, to the President) on strategies, actions, programs, and policies that will help NOVA build a stronger community.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Northern Virginia Community College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex (including pregnancy), color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, political affiliation, family medical history or genetic information, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in educational and employment opportunities, programs and activities. The policy permits appropriate employment preferences for veterans and specifically prohibits discrimination against veterans.