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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity is the law. Federal, State, and local legislation mandate it by Executive Orders and by definitive court decisions.
EEO is a system of employment practices under which individuals are not excluded from any participation, advancement, or benefits because of their race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status.

Affirmative Action refers to steps taken to ensure that there is not discrimination with regard to employees and applicants for employment. It is designed to correct the effects of past discrimination, to eliminate present discrimination, and to prevent future discrimination.

Affirmative Action differs from Equal Opportunity in that it is not merely prohibitive (nondiscriminatory); it is also positive (antidiscriminatory). Affirmative Action works on the principle that discrimination can be eliminated only when employers take positive steps to identify and change policies, practices, and any other institutional barriers that cause or perpetuate inequality. Affirmative Action, in other words, is the effort whereby the promise of Equal Employment Opportunity may be fulfilled.

Orange County Community College affirms its commitment to provide educational and employment opportunities to persons of diverse cultural heritages and backgrounds. Three principles guide the College in this commitment:

  • First - It is an objective of Orange County Community College to be a model and a leader in creating a campus environment which values and respects people of culturally diverse backgrounds and heritages.

  • Second - It is an objective of the college to provide students an educational experience that reflects the pluralistic nature of our society; this includes having women, people of color, and people with disabilities as members of the faculty and staff.

  • Third - Orange County Community College strives to proactively recruit people of color, women, and people with disabilities to applicant pools