Affirmative of Inclusion

Whatcom Community College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the College community feels welcome to participate in the life of the College, free from harassment and discrimination.  We welcome people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, ages, genders, sexual orientations, marital status, veteran status, abilities and disabilities.  Toward that end, faculty, students and staff will:

  • Treat one another with respect and dignity;
  • Promote a learning and working community that ensures social justice, understanding, civility and non-violence in a safe and supportive climate;
  • Influence curriculum, teaching strategies, student services and personnel practices that facilitate sensitivity and openness to diverse ideas, peoples and cultures in a creative, safe and collegial environment.

Affirmative Action Statement/Plan

Whatcom Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, genetic information or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for Human Resources, 237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, 360.383.3400. For Title IX compliance, contact: Vice President for Educational Services, 237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, 360.383.3070. WCC publications are available in alternate formats upon request by contacting the Disability Support Services Office at 360.383.3080; VP 360.255.7182. Accommodations for completing the application process are available to persons with disabilities by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Policy Statement on Affirmative Action/Fair Employment Practices
(Adopted by the Board of Trustees March 10, 1981)

Whatcom Community College will avoid any discrimination in its recruitment, hiring, training, retention and promotion and all other personnel actions of qualified persons because of their race, religion, color, national origin, gender, marital status, age (except where gender or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), handicap due to sensory, mental, or physical reasons or veteran status which includes Vietnam era and/or disabled veterans.

This policy does not require that the College employ or promote unqualified persons, but it does require that the College eliminate any standards or criteria which have the effect of excluding qualified persons in the categories mentioned in the first paragraph unless it is demonstrated that such standards or criteria are bona fide conditions of successful performance in particular positions involved.

The administration of the College is charged with the responsibility of formulating, adopting, and implementing an affirmative action program. The program will include, but not be limited to, the identification of relevant minorities, minimum goals of employment, and related personnel policies.

It is the obligation of all members of the College community to assist in providing equal employment opportunity and achieving the goals of this policy.

The Affirmative Action Program as adopted by Whatcom Community College shall be used for employment procedures. The State Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60), paragraph 2.90.04 in the Washington Community College Standard Policy and Procedures Manual, and all law and regulations affecting state employees shall apply to employees at Whatcom Community College.

This prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, color, creed, national origin, marital status, veteran status and/or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicaps.