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 eeoc@hindscc.edu.

Resources

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

  • 1963
    Equal 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.

  • 1964
    Civil 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).

  • 1965
    Voting Rights Act

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

  • 1969
    Age Discrimination

    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.

  • 1972
    EEOC Authority to Sue

    The Supreme Court gives EEOC the authority to sue for discrimination. Companies provide affirmative action training to prevent litigation.

  • 1973
    Rehabilitation Act

    The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity operated by recipients of federal funds.

  • 1978
    Pregnancy Discrimination Act

    The Pregnancy Discrimination Act forbids discrimination based on pregnancy as related to any terms or conditions of employment.

  • 1990
    Americans with Disabilities Act

    Americans with Disabilities Act is signed into law. It prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

  • 1991
    Civil 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.

  • 1993
    Family 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.

  • 2008
    Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

    Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act protects individuals from genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment.

  • 2009
    Ledbetter 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.

  • 2010–2020
    Diversity, 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.

  • 2020
    Hinds CC Launches Climate Initiative

    Hinds CC launches a campus climate initiative to directly impact diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • 2022
    DEI Office

    Hinds CC launches DEI Office and celebrates the diversity, equity, and inclusion at our College…Stay tuned!

Timeline References
Center for Talent Innovation
Civil Rights Division – Department of Justice
Federal ADA & Section 504 Resources
Freedom of Information Act
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Contact

Marquise L. Kessee
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Fountain Hall, Rm 226D
601-857-3458
Jamille Hartfield
Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Fountain Hall 226C
601-857-3569