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The Maricopa County Community College District

Diversity is infused throughout the Maricopa County Community College District’s policies, procedures, programs, and values. Guided by District hiring practices, as well as diversity-infused programs and policies, Estrella Mountain strives to create inclusive teaching and learning environments that promote positive change on both the individual and social level, while enriching those opportunities with unique offerings to reflect the West Valley community.

Hiring Practices

Hiring policies and procedures are developed by the Maricopa County Community College District Human Resources Department and are implemented through the Estrella Mountain Human Resources Division. Although applicants apply through the District for College positions, hiring processes and procedures are split between District Human Resources and College Human Resources. Those processes include the following: application process, search committee application review, interview procedures, reference and background checks, probationary periods, evaluations, and professional development.

Candidates for college employment are provided an equal opportunity to submit documentation demonstrating their qualifications and experiences. Candidates chosen for the interview process also have an opportunity to convey qualifications and experiences in-person. Implementation of District hiring procedures enables a check and balance system that aids in the regulation of fair and equitable hiring procedures. Estrella Mountain Hiring Committee Chair(s) have on-site Human Resources support, which helps facilitate hiring and qualification processes, while also utilizing District Human Resources to answer questions, clarify procedures and conduct background checks. Estrella Mountain Human Resources responsibilities also include reminding campus supervisors of evaluations and providing support for other personnel-related business.

Estrella Mountain Community College continues to recruit diverse student and employee populations. So that the College’s population closely resembles the student population, Estrella Mountain ensures that all upper level and faculty positions are advertised both locally and nationally to encourage the most diverse applicant pool. As a result, Estrella Mountain employee demographics reflect a higher representation of racial/ethnic diversity when compared with that of the District’s overall representation.

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Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The vision of the Maricopa County Community College District Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Office is to maintain a harmonious work environment conducive to serving students, employees and the community with equal and fair service to all.

The Maricopa County Community College District strives to develop both a quality and diverse workforce through collaborative efforts across the colleges. One example includes the Faculty of Color Recruitment and Retention Committee which promotes recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing faculty of color and faculty who are committed to the diverse community college student population.

The Maricopa County Community College District continually supports a variety of interest groups to help employ and retain diverse personnel. These constituency groups include the five Community Advisory Committees (CAC’s) that meet regularly with the Chancellor to strengthen community relationships, exchange information and develop collaborative strategies to ensure that the needs and concerns of individual constituencies are being addressed. There are CAC’s for the following community groups:

  • African American
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Latino
  • Native American
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender

Diversity Infusion Program

The Maricopa County Community College District’s Diversity Infusion Program enhances the ability of faculty to create an inclusive learning and teaching experience that promotes positive change on both individual and social levels through the infusion of diversity into the curriculum.  This positive change occurs through heightened awareness, increased understanding and appreciation for all people.

The Diversity Infusion Program is one of the longest running diversity programs in the Maricopa County Community College District, providing 11 years of professional development to faculty to help them effectively infuse diversity concepts and practices into their curricula. The program offers a resource and a student internship program. A list of Diversity Infusion Program services includes:

  • The Diversity Helpline – Provides resources, suggestions and ideas for adding diversity to courses and for dealing with diversity issues in the classroom. The Helpline maintains a list of faculty mentors and directs the Speaker’s Bureau. The Helpline can be reached by e-mail or by telephone.
  • Special Library Collection on Diversity – A growing body of materials that provides ideas for infusing courses with diversity as well as information and activities to use in the classroom. Resources include books, journals, activity books, videos, and DVDs.
  • Web Page – The Web page contains information about courses that have been infused with diversity; materials, activities and resources used to infuse these courses; and individuals to contact who are familiar with infusing diversity within various curricular areas. This site is constantly being updated and expanded to provide more resources and valuable information.
  • Student Internship Program – This program allows students to participate with faculty in the activities of the Diversity Infusion Program. The internship is designed to help students improve their leadership, learning, communication, and interpersonal skills. Students from throughout the District are encouraged to apply, and employees at all the colleges are asked to share information about this opportunity with their students.
  • Mentoring Program – Faculty who have successfully completed their one-year commitment to the Diversity Infusion Program may choose to stay on and help mentor new faculty in the program. These mentors are available to help any faculty member in the District to infuse her/his courses with diversity issues and perspectives.
  • Diversity Book Fair – This event brings together major book publishers to help faculty discover what textbooks are available for them to use as they infuse diversity into their courses. Faculty have the opportunity to tell the publishing companies what materials and textbooks are needed in their fields. Faculty who are interested in writing textbooks are able to identify themselves to publishers.
  • Newsletters – Diversity articles, tips, events, and information about the Diversity Infusion Program are shared throughout the District in a newsletter that is published approximately six to eight times a year. Past and current program newsletters are available on the Diversity Infusion Program Web page.