• Legal Affairs, Labor Compliance & Diversity
  • Affirmative Action


    The Affirmative Action Program is an ongoing program that operates to assure compliance with federal legislation and University guidelines in regards to non-discrimination.

    We encourage positive practices and ensure equitable disciplinary procedures for any member of the college community who engages in harassment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, or disability, or any individual that reports such an incident.
     

  •  Recruitment and Search Procedures
     FAQ

    1. What is the difference between Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the staffing process?

    Equal Employment Opportunity means ensuring that all applicants have equal access to the selection process – that none are excluded on the basis of their protected status. Affirmative Action goes beyond non-discrimination and requires federal contractors to engage in expanded efforts in outreach and recruitment for women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans and make them aware of the job opportunities.

    2. What are "Protected Classes"?


    Federal employment laws prohibit discrimination against anyone on the basis of membership in the following categories: age, disabilities, religion, national origin, race, color, marital status and sex.

     

    3. Why must we follow affirmative action employment policies?

    Executive Order 11246 requires all federal contractors to make good faith efforts to meet affirmative action goals, and those federal contractors that employ 50 or more employees and receive $50,000 or more in federal funds, must have a written Affirmative Action Plan for women and minorities. Goals and timetables are part of the requirements of an Affirmative Action Plan for women and minorities. Goals are voluntary measures of progress in hiring women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans that an employer such as the University has established for its workforce to correct underutilization.


    As a recipient of federal funding, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY is required to have a written Affirmative Action Plan.


    4. What are some types of affirmative action measures? 

       

    • Aggressive recruiting to expand the pool of candidates for job openings.
    • Evaluating and updating selection tools and criteria to ensure their relevance to job performance.
    • Revising traditional measures of merit to better recognize talent and performance under varying conditions.

       

    5. Who benefits from the University’s Affirmative Action Policies and Programs?

    All employees benefit from the University’s Affirmative Action Policies and Programs as they help to ensure a fair work environment for everyone.

    6. Do employment affirmative action policies mean quotas?

    No, quotas are not a part of the University’s affirmative action program. However, under federal regulations, the University is required to establish goals for hiring women and minorities in those jobs or job groups where the percentage of minorities and women employed in the University workforce is less than would be reasonably expected given their availability.

     

    While the placement goals are important, it is the demonstration of a good faith effort to achieve those goals that is more important. An organization must be able to show it has taken strong and active steps to ensure that qualified women and minorities are present in the applicant pools and be able to objectively demonstrate that the selection process was free of bias.

     
    *Excerpts taken from the following websites: University of California Office of the President- Diversity, Bowie State University’s EEO/AA, and University of Houston Legal Affairs.


  •     Committees
     

  •  Sexual Harassment Awareness & Intake Committee (SHAIC)

    Campus Sexual Harassment Prevention Awareness and Intake Committee members are charged with providing training programs and orientation activities to educate students, faculty, and staff about the University's policy and their responsibilities. Additionally, committee members also:
     

    1. Heighten awareness and inform the college community of their responsibilities by conducting sexual harassment prevention training sessions
    2. Intake and investigate complaints from faculty, staff, and students
    3. Attend University training for sexual harassment prevention and take three Core Courses (Policy and Procedures, Complaint Intake, and Managing Intake Communications)
    4. Attend SHAIC campus meetings regularly

      

     Committee Members:
     

    Name  Extension   Room 

    Arlene Peterson

    Legal Affairs, Labor Compliance & Diversity

    President's Office

    Coordinator & Liaison to the Central Office
    x5088 E-512C
    Vanessa Bing
    Social Science Department
    Academic Affairs

    Deputy Coordinator

    x5787 C-459II
    Jhony Nelson
    Office of Students with Disabilities
    Enrollment Management & Student Development

    Deputy Coordinator

    x5260 M-102
    Teguh Arkono
    English Language Center
    Adult & Continuing Education
    x5095 C-354
    Sutonia Boykin
    Center for Advisement & Academic Support
    Academic Affairs
    x5925 B-100J
    James E. Cantwell
    Cooperative Education
    Academic Affairs
    x5224 C-459N
    Adjoa Gzifa
    Workforce Education Center
    Adult & Continuing Education
    x5347 C-314
    Annette Holmes-Hanley
    Legal Affairs, Labor Compliance & Diversity
    President’s Office
    x5088 E-512
    Ms. Elaine Leff
    Business & Technology
    Academic Affairs
    x5611 B-327K
    Stacy Perry
    Business & Technology
    Academic Affairs
    x5247 M-327U
    Maria Riggs
    Office of Student Rights,
    Responsibilities & Advocacy
    Student Affairs
    x5414 C-317J
    Francine Tompkins
    Career Ladders in Allied Health
    Adult & Continuing Education
    x5971 C-231A

     Campus Diversity Committee

     As established by Board of Trustees policy, the functions of the Campus Diversity Committee are to:
     

    1. Serve in an advisory capacity to the President of the College, and to other governing bodies of the College, in formulating and implementing affirmative action policy on campus.
    2. Monitor outcomes of campus efforts on behalf of the Affirmative Action Program.
    3. Review proposed amendments to the College governance plan to assure compliance with the University non-discrimination and affirmative action policies and procedures.
    4. Submit to the President a summary of its activities at the end of each academic year.


    Committee Members:

     Name    Extension  Room  
    Maritza Straughn-Williams
    Social Sciences/Academic Affairs
    Co-Chairperson
    x5795      C-459     
    Kevin Jordan
    Student Life/Student Affairs
    Co-Chairperson
    x5255 C-317
    Arlene Peterson
    Affirmative Action/
    Legal Affairs, Labor Compliance
    & Diversity/President’s Office
    Consultant 
    x5088 E-512C
    Bernard Polnariev
    Academic Affairs
    Consultant
    x6196 M-409
    Nila Bhaumik
    Human Resources
    Administration
    x5082 M-408
    Hector Fernandez
    Business & Technology 
    x5609 B-225
     Vincent Keeton
    Social Sciences/Academic Affairs
    x6048 C-459 (BB)
    Michele Piso
    Center for Teaching & Learning
    Academic Affairs 
    x5483 M-404
    Terik Tidwell
    Center for Student Success
    Student Affairs
    x5175 C-249
    Adhiambo Okomba
    Education & Language Acquisition
     
    x5630 B-234
     ADA/504 Committee

    The responsibilities of the 504/ADA Coordinator include:
     

    • Monitoring the college for 504/ADA compliance
    • Resolving issues before they become potential grievances
    • Reviewing applicants and employees’ accommodation requests denied by the Human Resources Director
    • Making and informing applicants of final decision regarding disputed accommodations
    • Collecting and maintaining information on number of accommodations requested and provided
    • Ensuring pertinent records are stored securely and protected from damage or loss
    • Ensuring medical documentation is kept confidential, used to evaluate accommodation requests, and shared only on a need- to- know basis.
    • Providing training, if appropriate, to those who interact with individuals with disabilities


    Committee Members:
     

    Name   Extenison   Room  
    Matthew S. Joffe
    Office of Students w/ Disabilities
    Student Affairs
    Coordinator
    x5278 M-102
    Arlene Peterson
    Legal Affairs, Labor Compliance & Diversity
    President’s Office
    x5057 E-512
    Jhony Nelson
    Office of Student w/ Disabilities
    Student Affairs
    x5260 M-102
    Clara Roca
    Office of Student w/ Disabilities
    Student Affairs
    x5279 M-102
    Karen Anderson
    Cooperative Education
    Academic Affairs
    x5215
     
    C-459
    Tyleah Castillo
    ASAP
    Academic Affairs
    x6056 B-235
    Armando del Rio
    Natural Science
    Academic Affairs
    x6005 M-221G
    Mildred DellaPina
    Payroll
    Administration
    x5517 E-402
    Les Gallo-Silver
    Health Sciences
    Academic Affairs
    x5756 E-300V
    James Grantham
    Public Safety
    Administration
    x5559 B-117
    Claudette Gray
    Human Resources
    Administration
    x5062 E-407
    Soloman Kone
    Social Science
    Academic Affairs
    x6039 C-459UU
    William Kurzyna
    Communication Skills
    Academic Affairs
    x5653 E-115H
    Theresia Litvay-Sardou
    Instructional Services & Media
    Information Technology
    x6123 E-506C
    Kim Lucas
    Program Deaf Adults
    Adult & Continuing Education

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    C-203
    Namy E. Lytle
    Business and Technology
    Academic Affairs
    x5603 E-273
    Ralph Mitchell
    Health Sciences
    Academic Affairs
    x5781 E-300
    Richard Ng
    Campus Facilities Office
    Administration
    x5572 C-350B
    Steven Ovadia
    Library
    Academic Affairs
    x6022 E-101 (H8)
    Janet M. Palazzolo
    Humanities
    Academic Affairs
    x5690 E-202
    Terry Parker
    Library
    Academic Affairs
    x5433 E-101V
    LaRose Parris
    English
    Academic Affairs
    x5615 M-119C
    Leslie Perez
    ASAP
    Academic Affairs
    x6040 M-311
    Mariajose Romero
    Educ. & Language Acquisition
    Academic Affairs
    x6050 C-728E
    David Styler
    English
    Academic Affairs
    x5906 M-109F
    Regina Varin-Mignano
    Office of Student w/ Disabilities
    Student Affairs
    x5253 M-102
  • Contact Us 

    AffirmativeAction@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Phone: (718) 482-5088
    Fax: (718) 609-2012
     

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