Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Community Colleges’ Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity has been approved for implementation by the Colleges and the Board of Higher Education, effective August 1, 2021.
To view the Affirmative Action policy in its entirety click here.

Affirmative Action, a part of the Diversity, Equity, Compliance and Talent Development with Human Resourcesat Middlesex Community College:

  • partners with the College community to serve as a consultant in hiring, retention, anti-discrimination, equity and diversity policies;
  • develops, reviews and recommends affirmative action and equal employment opportunity policies and procedures;
  • communicates issues and institutional barriers for underserved and underrepresented groups to the College's administration;
  • responds to, investigates, and resolves discrimination and harassment complaints and grievances.

Middlesex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Recruiting and retaining the most talented individuals for faculty, staff and administration positions are college-wide responsibilities. The College seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, we encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply. The Affirmative Action Office works with hiring managers to develop the pool of talented, diverse candidates to bring to our workforce. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Affirmative Action Office directly. To help accomplish this, Middlesex Community College is a member of the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NE HERC).

Affirmative Action, equal opportunity, equal education, non-discrimination, and diversity, are supported by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Community College's Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity. Non-discrimination requires the elimination of all existing unlawful discriminatory conditions whether purposeful or inadvertent. The Board of Higher Education and the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges maintain and promote a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service and national origin ("protected class(s)/classification(s).") It is also the goal of Middlesex Community College to provide a learning, working and living environment for their student, employees and other members of the College Community which values the diverse backgrounds of all people. The College is committed to assuring that the "College Experience" is one that challenges, empowers, supports, and prepares its students to live in, work in, and value our increasingly global and diverse world. The College believes that the diversity of socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability backgrounds of members of the College community enriches the institution and their various constituencies. The College will not tolerate behavior based on bigotry, which has the effect of discriminating unlawfully against any member of our community.

For more information contact:

Pamela Medina
Compliance Officer
Middlesex Community College
Cataldo Building (#10), Room 219
Springs Road
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730
Tel: 781-280-3536
Fax: 781-280-3515
Email: medinap@middlesex.mass.edu

Last Modified: 1/9/24