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    Access, Equity and Diversity
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Access, Equity and Diversity

  • About us

    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 regulatory mandates.

    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.

    A message to SCC students

    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.
    President
    Southeast Community College

    Diversity Initiative

    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:

    • Understanding the challenges of diversity at SCC
    • Preparing ourselves and our students to be part a multicultural society.
    • Acknowledging and eliminating racism, prejudice, and other discriminatory behaviors.
    • Recognizing the benefits of diversity in the workplace and student population.
    • Capitalizing on people's different talents and abilities.
    • Creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment in which to work and learn.
    • Learning about other ways of "thinking, being and doing."

    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.

    Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination-Admission

    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.

    Access: Employment and Admission

    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.

    Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination-Employment

    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 Statement

    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 Title IX.

    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?

    Contact:
    Jose J. Soto, J.D.
    Vice President for Access/Equity/Diversity
    Southeast Community College Area
    301 South 68th Street Place
    Lincoln, NE  68510
    402-323-3412 Office
    402-323-3420 FAX
    402-613-1181 Cell