Diversity in CCD Employment

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Last Updated: 10-11-2019

The hiring process in community colleges is controlled largely by statutory and constitutional law, as well as a set of highly detailed regulatory procedures.  In particular, human resources personnel who oversee hiring, administrators who collaborate with human resources in the hiring process, and screening and selection committees must be familiar with the following:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations;
  • California Fair Employment and Housing Act;
  • Americans With Disabilities Act and 2009 Amendments;
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act;
  • State Minimum Qualifications for Academic Staff;
  • State mandate to include "sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse . . . backgrounds of community college students" as a criterion for academic and administrative employment;
  • Article I, section 31(a) of the California Constitution (Proposition 209);
  • California Prohibition Against Discrimination in State Programs, including recent amendments identifying lawful hiring practices in the post-Proposition 209 context;
  • The detailed regulatory requirements for Equal Employment Opportunity Plan development and recruiting and hiring procedures, for both academic and classified hiring;
  • Your district's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan and Programs, developed in conformance with the Title 5 regulations; and
  • Your district's shared governance policies, procedures and past practices.

Read together, these constitutional, statutory and regulatory mandates create two competing legal obligations: the mandated commitment to diversity on the one hand, and the prohibition against discrimination on the other.  The challenge for community colleges now is navigating the balancing act that satisfies both these mandates.

This workbook provides a comprehensive guide to diversity in community colleges.  The workbook discusses: (1) the legal backdrop to diversity; (2) the value of diversity in community colleges; (3) implementing a diversity plan; (4) diversity plans in the community colleges; and (5) generational diversity and succession planning.

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