The mission of the College’s Access/Equity/Diversity Office is to promote opportunities and advancement for a diverse and dynamic student, faculty/staff, and community population through creating and sustaining a positive, compassionate, reflective and inclusive culture.
The Access Equity & Diversity Office at Southeast Community College provides guidance and
leadership to the College in the development of a welcoming and diverse community of students, faculty and staff.
The office is responsible for providing oversight and support in complying with many of the federal and state
The resources of the office also are directed to working with not only the campus community, but also the greater
community, to go beyond the minimum legal requirement to make Southeast Community College a place where each
person's desire to contribute to society, dignity, desire for personal growth, and accomplishment are respected.
We are experiencing challenging and emotional times related to the critical issues of fairness, equal rights, and
injustices both locally and nationally. Southeast Community College is committed to the importance and value of
transformational change necessary to promote equality, fairness, and civility. It is a vital part of our
mission, strategic goals, and assurance to our students.
SCC serves a diverse student population that includes recent high school graduates, returning adults,
first-generation students, immigrants and refugees, people of color, low-income students, and many other
underserved or marginalized populations. The College is committed to creating the highest quality learning
experience for our students. An essential component of this experience is an environment that cherishes and
promotes the free exchange of ideas and views with compassion, respect, and reflective thinking. We strive to
impart a strong knowledge base and skill set, as well as dynamic and effective life skills that embrace
inclusivity, fairness, and diversity.
I want to reassure all students that we are committed to your physical, psychological, and intellectual
well-being. If you observe or experience situations that need our attention, please reach out to an SCC
employee. If you have concerns or questions related to the recent social unrest, or any other events in your
life, please contact the Dean of Students at your location. As an SCC student, you also have access to free and
confidential counseling through our Counseling and Assistance Program for Students (CAPS). You can access these
services at: https://www.southeast.edu/caps/
Thank you for choosing SCC, and I appreciate your contribution to our climate of inclusion, fairness, and equity.
Paul Illich, Ph.D.
Southeast Community College
The Access Equity & Diversity Office oversees the College's Diversity Education Program
The program has been developed to enhance our knowledge, skills,and abilities in a number of areas:
The College recognizes that diversity is key to educational excellence in the 21st century. Our commitment to
diversity has had a positive impact on the retention of individuals from underrepresented groups and has contributed
to employee satisfaction.
Diversity education for students, staff and faculty has also led to improved relationships on the campuses and
increased satisfaction and involvement within the institution. Additionally individuals have had the opportunity to
grow personally and in their understanding and appreciation for others who are of a different race, color, gender,
ethic origin, sexual orientation, or physical ability.
To learn more about some of our diversity education opportunities, see the materials located at the Activities
& Programs page.
It is the policy of Southeast Community College to provide equal opportunity and non-discrimination in admission and
attendance for all qualified persons, attending or seeking admission to the College, without regard to race, color,
ethnicity, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or
other factors prohibited by law. This policy applies to every aspect of recruitment, admission, attendance,
advancement, financial assistance, and other terms and conditions of participation in all College-administered
programs and activities.
The College and its employees shall take no action which is inconsistent with state or federal anti-discrimination
laws governing any aspect of admission to, or participation in, College programs or activities.
It is the policy of Southeast Community College to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all admission,
attendance, and employment matters to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status,
national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or other factors prohibited by law or
College policy. Inquiries concerning the application of Southeast Community College's policies on equal opportunity
and nondiscrimination should be directed to the Vice President for Access/Equity/Diversity.
Declaración de política sobre equidad/antidiscriminación - La política publica de Southeast Community College es de
proveer equidad, y prohíbe discriminación, en todos asuntos referentes a la admisión, participación, y empleo contra
toda persona por motivo de raza, color, religión, sexo, edad, estado civil, origen nacional, etnia, condición de
veterano, orientación sexual, incapacidad, u otros factores prohibidos por ley o política del Colegio. Preguntas
relacionadas a la política sobre equidad/antidiscriminación de Southeast Community College deben dirigirse a: Vice
President for Access/Equity/Diversity.
It is the policy of Southeast Community College to provide equal opportunity and non-discrimination in employment and
advancement for all qualified persons, employed by or seeking employment with the College, without regard to race,
color, ethnicity, religion,sex, age, marital status, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation,
disability, or other factors prohibited by law. This policy applies to every aspect of recruitment, employment,
advancement, transfer, demotion, reduction-in-force, termination, rates of pay or other compensation, training
opportunities, and other terms and conditions of employment.
The College and its employees shall take no action which is inconsistent with state or federal equal
opportunity/anti-discrimination laws governing any aspect of employment and employer-employee relations.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 [http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/cor/coord/titleix.php] protects individuals from
discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial
assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by
Southeast Community College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and
provides a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex
discrimination, including sexual violence.
The Access/Equity/Diversity Office has been designated as SCC’s Title IX coordinating office.
What are my rights and options?
Jose J. Soto, J.D.
Vice President for Access/Equity/Diversity
Southeast Community College Area
301 South 68th Street Place
Lincoln, NE 68510