Affirmative Action

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.

“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.”

—Manchester Community College Policy Against Harassment

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.

Overview of MCC’s Affirmative Action Plan

The Executive Summary of Manchester Community College’s Affirmative Action Plan provides an introduction and overview of the current plan; a complete copy of the plan is available in the library, the Human Resources office and with the Manager of Diversity, Inclusion and Staff Development.

Submission Date: March 30, 2015
Reporting Period: December 1, 2013 – November 30, 2014
CHRO Status: Approved

2015 Executive Summary:

AAP 2015 Executive Summary

Hiring is the traditional focus of affirmative action plans. The college’s current monitoring and support systems are largely concentrated on hiring. However, it is also time to direct equal attention and creativity toward retention and career mobility.

We are continually looking for ways to increase opportunities for career development. These mechanisms must serve all employees, but they must also allow us to combat cultural forces that lead women and minorities into stereotypical roles.

All services and programs will be provided in a fair and impartial manner to reflect the positive, active spirit of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. All deans, directors, department heads, managers by all other titles, and faculty are expected to support Manchester Community College’s  Affirmative Action Plan as a plan for employment.

Executives and managers should be acquainted with the college’s Plan as well as assure that their staff are aware of their obligations, and make their support observable and meaningful. This policy also mandates that employees at every level shall support and respect the advancement of equal employment principles and our workplace community. Affirmative action and equal employment opportunity are campus-wide priorities and will remain so until our goals are met for all categories of employees, regardless of classification.