Reaffirmation of Commitment to Diversity/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
A Message from the President
September 11, 2019
Re: Reaffirmation of Commitment to Diversity/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Dear Queensborough Faculty and Staff:
The City University of New York (CUNY) has a long-standing commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of employment practices. At Queensborough Community College,
I fully support the policies 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 Queensborough Community College compliance with the CUNY Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and on Sexual Misconduct.
The Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Policy states CUNY's 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 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: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy to view the Equal Opportunity Policy in its entirety, including the complaint procedures and prohibition against retaliation.
I have assigned the responsibility for implementation and monitoring of our compliance program to the Chief Diversity Officer, Josephine Pantaleo, who will also serve as the 504/ADA Coordinator.
It is also the University's policy to provide reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments, when appropriate, to individuals with disabilities, individuals observing religious practices, individuals who have pregnancy or childbirth-related medical conditions and victims of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses.
The process for addressing these issues is set forth in CUNY's Procedures for Implementing Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments and may be found at: Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments
The vice presidents, deans, directors, managers and supervisors share responsibility for ensuring our compliance with these policies and laws.
The Affirmative Action Diversity Office is located in the Administration Building, room 309 and the telephone number is 718-631-6391. Additionally, any individual who believes that he or she has experienced employment discrimination should immediately contact Josephine Pantaleo at 718-631-6391 or email her at
JPantaleo@qcc.cuny.edu. Although the college would prefer the opportunity to investigate allegations of discrimination internally and remedy situations where the law or college and University policies have been violated, a complainant may, at any time, file a complaint of discrimination with a city, state or federal administrative agency that enforces the law prohibiting discrimination. This information may be found at: List of External Resources.
CUNY's Policy on Sexual Misconduct prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, gender based harassment and sexual violence. Inquiries concerning sexual misconduct or sex discrimination may be made to Belinda Delgado, Esq., Title IX Officer, whom I have designated to oversee such matters.
Ms. Delgado's office is located in the Administration Building, room 413, and may be contacted at 718.281.5755 or by email at BDelgado@qcc.cuny.edu. Information for filing such allegations externally may be found at: List of External Resources
I ask for your continued support to ensure equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion in all employment practices at Queensborough Community College.Thank you,
Dr. Timothy G. Lynch
List of External Resources
The following federal, state, and local agencies enforce laws against discrimination: