Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a long history of support for affirmative action, affirmative action officers, plans, training, and procedures, and
Whereas, despite the passage of Proposition 209, there have been advisories from the Chancellor's Office Chief Counsel advising colleges that affirmative action requirements are still in place and must be implemented,
Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local academic senates to continue to monitor the progress of affirmative action at their colleges, including affirmative action training for hiring committees, a designated affirmative action or diversity officer, activities to improve retention of diverse candidates, and outreach efforts tonsure a diverse pool of applicants, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate remind local academic senates of the following and urge their compliance with the following affirmative action practices:
a. Make every effort to assure that there is a diverse pool of applicants, monitor the pool, and take corrective measures to avoid adverse impact if the pool is not diverse, such as extending the time for applications and/or reopening the position;
b. Make sure that the college has a viable affirmative action plan and policy for the college;
c. Ensure that there are affirmative action/staff diversity monitors sitting in with each hiring committee;
d. Ensure formal, effective, recent, and updated training for each member of hiring committees;
e. Establish and maintain an effective "Staff Diversity/ Affirmative Action" Advisory Committee, as required by Title 5 Regulations;
f. Promote affirmative action through activities such as staff development and flex days to improve the campus climate as one of understanding and appreciation of diversity;
g. Promote faculty participation in cultural diversity activities, including willingness to serve on committees, particularly hiring committees; and
Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senate presidents who find resistance to affirmative action efforts at their colleges to ask for assistance from the Academic Senate and the Chancellor's Office to ensure that the Education Code and Title 5 Regulations are followed, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges investigate the possibility of using "censure" if a college or district does not follow affirmative action requirements.
The first resolve has beem accomplished with the publication of Re-Examination of Faculty Hiring: Processes and Procedures. The second resolve has been accomplished through the Leadership Institute. The third resolve should be deemed "not feasible" since the use of censure would have little impact on a college or district given the lack of enforcement abilities of the Chancellor's Office.