The Community Colleges have developed and outlined the major elements of an effective Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity Policy with the understanding that a successful policy requires more than the knowledge of laws, regulations and current government requirements. It demands leadership, vision, and commitment to fully comprehend what challenges Community Colleges face in preparing students for the twenty-first century. The Colleges, both collectively and individually, commit themselves to not only the valuing of human dignity, but to the appreciation of the necessity of providing all members of the College Community an experience that equips them to relate to all persons and groups in the increasingly global and diverse world in which we all live and work.
The Community Colleges wish to take a role of leadership in providing an environment where equity and diversity are truly valued beyond verbal commitments and mere tolerance. This leadership role requires that we all share responsibility for making constructive campus-wide changes in response to the principles set forth in this Policy. By turning our collective energies into making Affirmative Action an integral part of campus life, we continue to fulfill our mission in developing the talents and potential of all members of our College Communities and our society.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 provides:
- No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
- Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
The College has a duty to promptly respond to all complaints under the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity.
Chief Diversity & Equity Officer; 504/ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Nikki Pelonia, he/him/his
Phone: (978) 762-4000 x4010
Deputy Title IX for Students: