Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
College Community Expectations
All members of the college community, including faculty, staff, and students, are expected to abide by the applicable policies as stated in the compliance manual and to cooperate with the procedures for responding to discrimination complaints. All employees and students are protected from retaliation for filing a complaint or assisting in an investigation under the college’s policies and procedures.
EEOC Policies and Procedures
Hinds Community College’s equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, and sexual harassment policies are available for review. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The History of DEI
Diversity education began in the 1960s as the Civil Rights Movement came to the forefront. It was a way to directly confront racial tensions between black, brown, and white people. Giving voice to historically underrepresented Americans, the message was clear that people of color were seeking equitable and inclusive futures and that the diversity offered was worthy of recognition.
Since 1886, the Statue of Liberty has graced New York Harbor, and on her base is the inscription penned by Emma Lazarus: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The DEI movement is a dedicated effort to advance the masses to common understanding and respect for all citizens.
Timeline of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts
1963Equal Pay Act
The Equal Pay Act mandates equal pay for equal work, forbidding employers from paying men and women different wages or benefits for doing jobs that require the same skills and responsibilities.
1964Civil Rights Act
The Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin and establishes the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
1965Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits racial discrimination in voting.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1969, as amended, prohibits discrimination based on age in all aspects of employment against persons at least age 40.
1972EEOC Authority to Sue
The Supreme Court gives EEOC the authority to sue for discrimination. Companies provide affirmative action training to prevent litigation.
The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity operated by recipients of federal funds.
1978Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act forbids discrimination based on pregnancy as related to any terms or conditions of employment.
1990Americans with Disabilities Act
Americans with Disabilities Act is signed into law. It prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
1991Civil Rights Act Expansion
This Civil Rights Act is a labor law meant to restore and strengthen civil rights laws and allowed for more expansive approaches to damages relating to discriminatory employment practices.
1993Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act gives parents the right to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a new child.
2008Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act protects individuals from genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment.
2009Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act requires employers to redouble their efforts to ensure that pay practices are non-discriminatory and to make certain that they keep records needed to prove the fairness of pay decisions.
2010–2020Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives become a top priority in wide-ranging industries due to racial and social justice movements, changes in federal, state, and local laws, and pandemic realities.
2020Hinds CC Launches Climate Initiative
Hinds CC launches a campus climate initiative to directly impact diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Hinds CC launches DEI Office and celebrates the diversity, equity, and inclusion at our College…Stay tuned!
Center for Talent Innovation
Civil Rights Division – Department of Justice
Federal ADA & Section 504 Resources
Freedom of Information Act
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission