Diversity & Inclusion

Manchester Community College is committed to providing quality education, as well as equal opportunity in employment, to all the communities it serves by maintaining an environment free from harassment and discrimination.

Debbie Colucci, Affirmative Action and
Staff Development Coordinator

Hello, and welcome to the Diversity and Inclusion page at Manchester Community College. As the Affirmative Action and Staff Development Coordinator, I wear multiple hats:

  • Staff development: I co-chair the Leadership Institute, chair the Employee Recognition Committee, work with new employee orientation, and coordinate state-mandated training. I am also available for departmental staff development.
  • Affirmative Action and Diversity: In addition to submitting our annual Affirmative Action Plan, I also work with search committees and coordinate Equal Employment Opportunity, Title IX, and ADA/ADAAA/Section 504 Compliance. In this role, I am charged with ensuring effective implementation of the following policies and procedures related to state and federal compliance:
    • Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunities, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 including monitoring recruitment, retention, and promotion of diversity.
    • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 including sexual harassment issues.
    • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 including the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

I investigate and recommend resolution of discrimination complaints; serve as a resource for faculty and staff on related issues; and facilitate training workshops. 

I invite you to contact me or stop by my office (L-134a) whenever you have a question, concern, or feedback.


Diversity & Inclusion

  • Enriches the educational experience
  • Enables individuals to achieve, contribute and succeed
  • Encourages everyone to participate in the process

Manchester Community College advances academic, economic, civic, personal and cultural growth by providing comprehensive, innovative and affordable learning opportunities to diverse populations. We are a learning-centered community committed to access, excellence and relevance.

MCC is a community that welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of teaching, performance and community service. In a pluralistic culture, that community includes faculty, students and staff who represent important differences. Members of our community represent differences in ethnicities, religious beliefs, values and points of view; they may be physically different, have different intellectual interests or have different abilities.

Diversity: The Academic Mission

The American Association for Higher Education and the American Association of University Professors are among over 40 educationally-oriented organizations that endorsed On the Importance of Diversity in Higher Education (2002), a report outlining the critical link between diversity and higher education. The statement includes the following:

Diversity enriches the educational experience. We learn from those whose experiences, beliefs and perspectives are different from our own, and these lessons can be taught best in a richly diverse intellectual and social environment.

Learning in a diverse environment promotes personal growth; challenges stereotyped preconceptions; encourages critical thinking; and helps students learn to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds.Diversity strengthens communities and the workplace.

Education within a diverse setting prepares students to become good citizens in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society; it fosters mutual respect and teamwork; and it helps build communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character and their contributions.

Last Update: December 30 2013
For additional information, contact: Debbie Colucci