At North Lake College we believe that access to a high-quality education in an inclusive environment is the right of all individuals. We also believe that higher education institutions have an obligation to work toward equity for their students, particularly students of color, low-income students, and other historically underrepresented student populations. Equity is grounded in the principle of fairness. In higher education, equity refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience.
This belief is embodied in the college's Statement of Values and expressed through the value of inclusiveness which states:
"Inclusiveness – We appreciate and embrace our diversity. We believe in the value of varying opinions, perspectives, and styles because this benefits all of us even as it challenges us to grow and think differently. Our community is built on respect. We are kind and compassionate to others and welcoming to newcomers."
North Lake College provides many support services designed to meet the needs of individual students. Some of these services include:
Note: Examples of historically underrepresented students include but are not limited to: first-generation, low-income, students of color; adult students; students of nontraditional sexual orientation or gender identity; students with second-language backgrounds; undocumented students; veterans; students with disabilities; students with dependents; foster care youth; and formerly and currently incarcerated students.