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Office of Affirmative Action, Compliance and Diversity

Equal Opportunity Policy

The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY) is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, transgender, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage or citizenship, prior arrest record, or marital, military, or veteran status. It is a violation of this policy for any member of the college community to engage in discrimination or to retaliate against a member of the community for raising an allegation of discrimination, filing a complaint alleging discrimination, or for participating in any proceeding to determine whether discrimination has occurred.

The college's equal opportunity policy incorporates, as applicable, the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations set forth in federal, state, and local law including, but not limited to: Executive Order 11246, as amended, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights of 1964, as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Civil Rights Law, as well as the policies of the City University's Board of Trustees.

As an urban institution in the City of New York that is committed to the concept and values of pluralism and diversity, the college seeks to have its workforce reflect the diversity of its student body, the surrounding community, and the representation of qualified individuals available in the labor force. To that end, the college's affirmative action employment plan (AAP) is designed and implemented with the dual goals of increasing employment opportunities for all legally mandated protected groups and assuring the effective realization and utilization of their talents and skills.

Pursuant to law "protected groups" are defined for affirmative action purposes as: Black (non-Hispanic)/African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native, women, special disabled and Vietnam Era veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Moreover, in accord with the University Chancellor's mandate of 1976, Italian-Americans are also designated an affirmative action protected category within CUNY.

Michele A. Baptiste, Esq. is the College's Chief Diversity Officer for the Title 504 and Title IX programs. Complaints, comments and/or questions regarding applicable policies, procedures or the college's AAP, or discrimination generally, should be directed to the Office of Diversity located in the Administration Building, Room 212, telephone: (212) 650-6310.

Affirmative Action Plans

On an annual basis, the college compiles an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) using data obtained from the CUNYFirst Ethnicity and Gender report on full-time employees with annual appointments (excluding substitute and visiting titles).  Below you will find the college's AAP plans:

President's Council for Inclusive Excellence