Affirmative Action

“Each and every person at Manchester Community College - faculty, staff or student - is responsible for the maintenance of a positive environment in which everyone may feel comfortable working and learning.”

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The purpose of affirmative action is to provide a way to address the systemic exclusion of individuals of talent, on the basis of their gender or race, from opportunities to develop, perform, achieve and contribute.

Affirmative action provides the chance to develop a systematic approach to open the doors of education, employment and business development opportunities to qualified individuals who happen to be members of groups that have experienced long-standing and persistent discrimination.  Affirmative action is a program, a process; a means to an end . . . the larger goal is equal opportunity - ensuring that people are not disqualified from opportunities based on factors unrelated to job performance.

Essentially, civil rights laws were enacted to rectify both systemic and individual discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability and MCC is committed to eradicating all forms of discrimination.

The development of the position of Affirmative Action and Staff Development Coordinator continues Manchester Community College’s longstanding commitment to affirmative action, equity and diversity.  This position supports the college community on hiring practices and procedures, affirmative action plans, equity policies and civil rights issues as well as ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws pertaining to equity and diversity.

Affirmative Action and Staff Development continues MCC's efforts to promote a positive campus environment through the implementation of training and related services in collaboration with various departments.

Last Update: November 17 2009
For additional information, contact: Debbie Colucci