Diversity Awareness & Education Opportunities

Providing workshops, web-based learning and consultation are part of the Diversity and Equity Affairs role in helping to strengthen the understanding and sensitivity of all employees and students to the importance of their respective roles in fostering a workplace and learning environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Online Learning Program

Preventing Sexual Harassment an on-line learning program, is now available as part of the College's policy on affirmative action.

Click on this link Preventing Sexual Harassment to directly access the on-line program.

Click on this link for instructions about how to access the on-line program.

Workshops

The National Coalition Building Institute(NCBI) focuses on challenging assumptions, reducing prejudice, and creating social change. NCBI leaders can offer customized workshops designed to create a more inclusive campus environment. The workshops allow participants to gain self-awareness, stretch beyond their own comfort zone, and develop new understanding of different groups. The workshops are highly participatory, emphasize the use of concrete skills, challenge stereotypes, and focus on strategies that are useful in daily lives. To arrange for a workshop or to obtain more information about NCBI at Middlesex Community College, contact Darcy Orellana, NCBI Campus Affiliate Leader.

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Join us for a 1 day Welcoming Diversity/Prejudice Reduction workshop in Lowell Federal Building Assembly Room.
  • Classroom and department workshops can be arranged by contacting Darcy Orellana.

The "Preventing Discrimination and Harassment on Campus" workshop is an informative session about preventing and addressing discrimination and harassment on campus. Whether you are an administrator, complainant, respondent or witness, practical guidance will be provided as to what is your role, responsibilities, and rights under state and federal anti-discrimination laws and the College’s affirmative action policy and procedures. These sessions are led by Attorney Gina Yarbrough, Massachusetts Community Colleges Counsel’s Office and Darcy Orellana, Assistant Director HR/Affirmative Action Officer. Information about workshops will be posted on Newscaster or may arranged by contacting Darcy Orellana.

Resources

Cognitive Errors and Unintended Biases - Dr. JoAnn Moody, PhD, JD, has identified 15 cognitive errors and unintended biases that influence decision-making and discourse in evaluation settings. Research shows that we can self-correct and minimize implicit attitudes through awareness and experience. We can develop new habits! Review the 15 Cognitive Errors Summary, a Cognitive Errors in Domains - medicine, politics and economics summary, and a summary of Dr. Moody's visit to Middlesex Community College.

Search Committee Training

Search Committee training, level one, is designed to familiarize individuals planning to serve on a search committee. This training addresses the college hiring policy, best practices for conducting a search, strategies for minimizing cognitive errors and unintended biases in the review process in order to identify the best talent for the college.  Please contact Darcy Orellana to check on session availability. 

For more information

 Contact:

Darcy Orellana, Affirmative Action Officer/Assistant Director of Human Resources Middlesex Community College, Enrollment Center, Room 107 591 Springs Road, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730 Tel: 781-280-3559 Fax: 781-275-7126 Email: orellanad@middlesex.mass.edu

Last Modified: 2/24/14