Affirmative Action


Bristol Community College is committed to a policy of affirmative action, equal opportunity, equal education, non-discrimination, and diversity. It is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment for its students, employees, and other members of the college community which values the diverse backgrounds of all people. Bristol Community College is also committed to assuring that the “college experience” is one that challenges, empowers, supports, and prepares its students to live in, work in, and value our increasingly global and diverse world. It believes that the diversity of socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability backgrounds of members of the college community enriches the institutions and their various constituencies. Bristol Community College will not tolerate behavior based on bigotry, which has the effect of discriminating unlawfully against any member of its community.

Bristol Community College provides equal access to educational, co-curricular, and employment opportunities at the college for all applicants, students, and employees in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. All benefits, privileges, and opportunities offered by the college are available to all students, employees, and other persons having dealings with the institution on a non-discriminatory basis. The college is committed to taking a pro-active affirmative action posture with respect to its recruitment, selection, and promotion of students and employees.

Any students, employees, or other members of the Bristol Community College community with questions or complaints related to discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability should contact the college’s Diversity & Title IX Officer Gia Sanchez. She may be contacted by telephone at 774-357-4123 or email correspondence at If Ms. Sanchez is unavailable, the Human Resources office may be contacted by telephone at 774-357-2195 or email correspondence at

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination or harassment because of disability status, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, or national origin, you may submit a complaint online here.

Relevant Laws, Guidelines & Policies

Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity for Massachusetts Community Colleges

Relevant Form

Affirmative Action Discrimination Complaint Form

Relevant Resource

Summary of Applicable Federal Laws - Please see below. 

Relevant Contacts 

Diversity & Title IX - 774.357.4123

Office of Human Resources - 774.357.2194

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Dept. of Education
33 Arch Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02110-1491
Telephone: 617.289.0111
TTY: 877.521.2172

U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
Telephone: 617.565.3200 or 1.800.669.4000
TTY: 617.565.3204 or 1.800.669.6820

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
800 Purchase Street, Room 501, 
New Bedford, MA 02740. 
Telephone: 508.990.2390
Fax: 508.990.4260

Related Handbook Sections

Reasonable Accommodations Under ADA

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Violence

Title IX/Gender Equity 


  • Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968
  • Titles I and II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations found at 34 C.F.R. part 106
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963; Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988
  • Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Section 402 of the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
  • Federal Executive Order 11246 of 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11375 of 1967
  • Federal Executive Order 12900 of 1994
  • Federal Executive Order 13145 of 2000
  • Federal Executive Order 13160 of 2000
  • Federal Executive Order 13166 of 2000
  • Massachusetts Civil Rights Act; Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 151B, 151C, and Chapter 149

To review Bristol's Affirmative Action Strategy 2019-2020, click here.