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To: Kingsborough Campus Community

From: Interim President – Peter Cohen

Date: September 12, 2017

Re: Reaffirmation of Commitment to Diversity/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The City University of New York (CUNY) has a long-standing commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of employment practices. At Kingsborough Community College, I fully support the policies and practices that we have implemented to foster non-discrimination, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It is my personal belief that CUNY is enriched by the strengths of the people and perspectives represented here. Accordingly, I am committed to oversee Kingsborough’s compliance with local, state, federal, and CUNY Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct.

CUNY’s Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Policy sets forth the University and it campuses’ commitment to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, unemployment status, pregnancy, or status as  a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state and city laws. I remind you that Italian Americans, status as “caregiver” and credit history are included among CUNY’s protected groups. Additionally, as a federal contractor, CUNY  engages in affirmative action consistent with federal requirements. I invite you to visit our website, www.kbcc.cuny.edu or www.cuny.edu to view the Equal Opportunity Policy in its entirety, including the complaint procedures and prohibition against retaliation.

I have assigned the responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of our compliance program to the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management (OEO) headed by Chief Diversity Officer, Victoria A. Ajibade, Esq. Ms. Ajibade also serves as Kingsborough’s 504/ADA Coordinator and oversees the work of the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Brian J. Brennan, Jr. The vice presidents, deans, directors, managers and supervisors share responsibility for ensuring our compliance with  these policies and laws. OEO is located in the E Clusters in Suite E115 and the telephone number is (718) 368-6896. You may also email OEO at: AskOEO@kbcc.cuny.edu. Additionally, any individual who believes that he or she has experienced employment discrimination should immediately contact OEO.

I ask for your continued support to ensure equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion in all employment practices at Kingsborough.


Peter Cohen
Interim President

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