Bunker Hill Community College has reached an exciting inflection point in its diversity work and now seeks a new Chief Equity and Compliance Officer (CECO) to guide the next phase of the institution’s efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The CECO reports to the president and is a member of the executive staff. The position provides vision, leadership, and oversight to programs, policies, and procedures related to the institution’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and, in collaboration with leaders of established College initiatives, facilitates the integration of equity and cultural wealth across all aspects of institution. The CECO advocates on behalf of the College in advancing the values of equity and inclusion in the community-at-large, within the Community College Movement regionally, and as part of the national dialogue.
Role of the Chief Equity and Compliance Officer
The CECO will play a pivotal role in protecting the rights of constituents and actively promoting an effective ecosystem for teaching, learning, and working.
The CECO will be expected to oversee compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; serve as a primary contact for the complaint process as it relates to the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity; identify and plan equity, diversity, and inclusion training programs to raise awareness and develop best practices to cultivate a culture of civility, respect, and ethical behavior.
Further, the CECO will partner with initiatives such as the Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth, and the HOPE Initiative, and the AANAPISI initiative to further the College’s equity goals. Select engagements include:
- Partnership with the Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth which serves as a hub for research and innovation that supports BHCC’s mission to honor the cultural wealth of its students, faculty and staff and commitment to creating learning environments where all students can achieve excellence. The center engages faculty and staff in culturally relevant scholarship, practice and advocacy focused on achieving equitable outcomes for all students;
- Partnership with internal stakeholders such as Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Office of Events and Cultural Planning and Integrated Marketing and Communications to:
- Build student-led equity initiatives to enrich the campus climate for students;
- Increase professional development to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values;
- Embrace the College’s mission of inclusivity and cultural engagements to generate knowledge and shared experiences;
- Formulate internal communication strategies on the College’s equity objectives and ensure their dissemination throughout the community at large.
- Developing strong collaborations with the College’s anticipated and/or current equity and inclusion initiatives that target student success and closing of achievement gaps, including:
- Halting Oppressive Pathways through Education (HOPE) Initiative;
- Building the Framework for Success, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI);
- Open Education Resources (OER);
- Title V – Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI);
- National Science Foundation;
- Undocumented Student Work Group and Summit;
- Voices of Hunger.
- Partnership with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to review and assess data on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Partnership with the Office of Human Resources to review and assess data on equity, diversity, and inclusion for the College’s workforce.
- Participation in key committees, executive team and/or board-level meetings, ad-hoc projects teams, and College community activities.
History of the Position
During the spring of 2018, BHCC created the “Equity Work Group” and charged the group with two goals: (1) to reimagine the role of the chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer at the college and (2) to assess the culture and climate of BHCC so that equity would inform the work interactions between staff, faculty and administrators.
Following unsuccessful searches for a new CEDIO, BHCC retained Spelman Johnson in the spring of 2020 to plan and execute a new nationwide search. Through conversations with the search committee, senior officers, and Spelman Johnson consultants, the position was reconfigured to better represent BHCC’s short- and long-term needs as well as the approved budget and staffing allocation. The title was changed to Chief Equity and Compliance Officer (CECO) and scope and responsibilities were focused principally on the College’s equity and regulatory compliance needs. It was determined that with this realignment, the position and title would effectively balance the educational ethos of the College with the expert application of state and federal rules and regulations. Additionally, over time, the CECO will be expected to guide the institution in shaping diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and establishing a sustainable infrastructure around equity initiatives.
Opportunities and Challenges of the Role
Among the duties of the CECO, the following are of special importance:
Serve as a key senior leader
In collaboration with partners across the institution, oversee and facilitate the College’s efforts to foster a campus environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Oversee the development and enforcement of applicable College policies that prohibit all forms of discrimination and harassment as outlined in the institution’s non-discrimination statement and related policies. Provide leadership and direction in the implementation and administration of BHCC’s efforts to prevent, as well as respond to, harassment and discrimination. Guide the design and delivery of educational and training programs to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency.
Oversee regulatory compliance at the institution
Oversee campus implementation and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations as they pertain, but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. Serve as primary contact for the complaint process as it relates to the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity (PAA). Serve as a member of the campus response team, as appropriate, in collaboration with Campus Police/Public Safety, Behavioral Intervention Team, and Student Affairs to address incidents on campus and coordinate the responses and student support efforts. Interpret and advise on the impact of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws on the College’s policies, procedures, and day-to-day operations. Interpret and advise on current and applicable legislation, guidelines, interpretations of compliance agencies, and court decisions. Serve as the institutional liaison to outside agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Assist Campus Police/Public Safety with compliance of Clery Act reporting standards. Assist the Human Resources Office in the review and improvement of policies and procedures through an equity and diversity framework for recruitment, onboarding, and continuous professional development of employees.
Promote learning and development across the institution
Identify and plan diversity, equity and inclusion training programs to raise awareness and develop best practices to cultivate a culture of civility, respect and ethical behavior. Identify key levels for change, and establish a sustainable infrastructure around current and future equity initiatives. Articulate a clear linkages between equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and the impact to the College’s overall performance. Oversee periodic assessments of the campus climate, and use results to design programs and interventions to improve the culture of inclusion, and to strengthen College-wide functions, policies and communications. Establish a system of accountability in the area of equity-minded practices by identifying and implementing metrics for decision-making and evaluation. Serve as an ambassador and advocate for effective diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and services on and off campus.
Develop and implement process improvements and appropriate strategies
Develop and incorporate process improvements for better efficiency and effectiveness within BHCC, including developing and maintaining internal protocols to ensure consistency in the response and processing of reported incidents.
Oversee institutional response and communications
Serves as a resource in crafting institutional responses to requests for records from external persons and agencies, including Freedom of Information Act requests, state and federal investigations, media inquiries, and litigation-related discovery requests. Coordinate development of resource and communication materials relating to institutional equity and compliance functions.
Measures of Success
The CECO will work with President Eddinger to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables. The search committee offers the following general metrics for the position:
- good working relationships with key partners across campus;
- engagement with the College community to promote understanding of the CECO’s role in enabling BHCC to prohibit discrimination and harassment and meet its compliance responsibilities;
- progress toward a shared understanding of equity among members of the College community;
- identification of systemic barriers and proposals for initiatives to promote equity and inclusion across the institution;
- development of initiatives that align with the College’s strategic priorities while managing resistance to change.
Bunker Hill Community College seeks candidates whose education, perspectives, and experiences have prepared them to serve in a role at the most senior level of the College with responsibility for driving the institutional change needed to create an increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The ideal candidate will have regulatory compliance experience and knowledge of AA/EEO/civil rights and higher education laws as well as the capacity to champion equity and foster a more diverse and inclusive campus environment.
Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree (doctorate or terminal degree preferred) and leadership experience in regulatory compliance and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies and initiatives utilizing an equity or cultural wealth lens. Preferred qualifications include experience in conflict mediation and the investigation of AA/EEO/ADA complaints; knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion scholarship and current best practices; understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power; ability to foster dialogue with multiple constituencies; ability to respond with equanimity to crisis and highly sensitive situations; and excellent listening, communication, and presentation skills.
Overview of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Bunker Hill Community College ensures that students, faculty, staff, and members of the College Community are treated with respect, and are able to pursue their endeavors without experiencing unlawful discrimination or undue impediments and obstacles. The office actively and collaboratively, with College leadership and constituencies, dismantles barriers that are the effects of systemic racism and discrimination. The office monitors the implementation of the College’s nondiscrimination policies and coordinates educational opportunities and programs open to all. The office is committed to inclusion, equal opportunity and freedom from sexual harassment.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the largest community college in Massachusetts, with more than 19,000 students enrolled annually. BHCC, founded in 1973, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
With two main campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, in addition to three satellite campuses and several instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston Area, BHCC offers a wide range of learning options to suit the diverse needs of the student body. Students can choose from day, afternoon, evening, late-evening, weekend, web-based and distance-learning courses to fit their busy schedules.
BHCC is proud to be the most affordable community college in Massachusetts. BHCC offers more than 100 academic programs, including associate degree programs, certificate programs and programs designed to allow students to complete their first two years of a bachelor’s degree before transferring to a four-year university. Dedicated, caring faculty and counselors are here to help students achieve their personal, academic and career goals.
About Boston, MA
Boston, Massachusetts, is America’s intersection of history, innovation, and youthful exuberance. Founded in 1630, Boston is one of America’s oldest cities. As the capital of Massachusetts, Boston hosts the seat of government for the state, and is the largest city in New England. The city is often referred to as the “Cradle of Liberty” for its role in instigating the American Revolution in the late 18th Century.
These days, Boston is a thriving metropolis of more than 625,000 residents. More than 250,000 students go to college in Boston and Cambridge, Boston’s neighboring city across the Charles River. There are more than 100 colleges in the Greater Boston area. As a result, the city is filled with students, recent graduates, and young professionals who give the old-world city a youthful, exciting atmosphere.
Boston has remained a world-class city by its ability to grow and evolve with the times, and very often, its propensity for staying ahead of the times. With the plentiful supply of college students and graduates, Boston has become a hotbed of research and innovation in industry. The crop of local college graduates has also attracted many businesses in the thriving high technology, biomedical, and healthcare industries, which keep Boston at the center of discovery.
Boston is also one of the most culturally significant and cosmopolitan cities in America. Home to dozens of museums, galleries, performing arts organizations, and major sports teams, Boston is the unofficial cultural capital of New England. With so much sophistication in one city, there is always something to do and see.
Getting around Boston is very easy. Known as a “walking city,” Boston is also home to America’s first subway system, which is part of an intricate network of public transportation in the Greater Boston area. Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is located on one of the system’s stops – Community College Station on the Orange Line – making the commute to and from BHCC even easier.
Mission & Vision
Three separate but cohesive mission statements guide Bunker Hill Community College. The first is a comprehensive, system-wide mission statement for Public Higher Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The second is a mission statement of general characteristics common to all Massachusetts community colleges. The third mission statement contains the specialized and focused component that identifies Bunker Hill Community College’s distinctive characteristics and priorities.
Mission of the Massachusetts System of Public Higher Education
Massachusetts Public Higher Education is a SYSTEM with a distinguished past, increasing and measurable accomplishments, and dedicated to being recognized as having one of the nation’s most outstanding array of institutions. It comprises 15 community colleges, nine state colleges, and five campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The system exists to provide accessible, affordable, relevant, and rigorous programs that adapt to meet changing individual and societal needs for education and employment. The public system is committed to continuous improvement and accountability in all aspects of teaching and learning. The Board of Higher Education, together with each respective Board of Trustees, expects all students, faculty, and staff to be held to exacting standards in the performance of their roles and responsibilities.
Mission of the Massachusetts Community Colleges
The fifteen Massachusetts Community Colleges offer open access to high quality, affordable academic programs, including associate degree and certificate programs. They are committed to excellence in teaching and learning and provide academic preparation for transfer to four-year institutions, career preparation for entry into high-demand occupational fields, developmental coursework, and lifelong learning opportunities.
Community colleges have a special responsibility for workforce development and through partnerships with business and industry, provide job training, retraining, certification, and skills improvement. In addition, they assume primary responsibility, in the public system, for offering developmental courses, programs, and other educational services for individuals who seek to develop the skills needed to pursue college-level study or enter the workforce.
Rooted in their communities, the colleges serve as community leaders, identifying opportunities and solutions to community problems and contributing to the region’s intellectual, cultural, and economic development. They collaborate with elementary and secondary education and work to ensure a smooth transition from secondary to post-secondary education. Through partnerships with baccalaureate institutions, they help to promote an efficient system of public higher education.
The community colleges offer an environment where the ideas and contributions of all students are respected. Academic and personal support services are provided to ensure that all students have an opportunity to achieve academic and career success. No eligible student shall be deprived of the opportunity for a community college education in Massachusetts because of an inability to pay tuition and fees.
Mission of Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College serves as an educational and economic asset for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by offering associate degrees and certificate programs that prepare students for further education and fulfilling careers. BHCC students reflect the diverse local and global community, and the College integrates the strengths of many cultures, age groups, lifestyles and learning styles into the life of the institution. The College provides inclusive and affordable access to higher education, supports the success of all students and forges vibrant partnerships and pathways with educational institutions, community organizations, and local businesses and industries.
Vision of Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College empowers and inspires students, faculty and staff diverse in identities, experiences and ideas to make meaningful contributions to our local and global communities. The College embodies a spirit of inquiry, critical thought, inclusive excellence and lifelong learning.
BHCC Institutional Values
Bunker Hill Community College Trustees, Faculty, Staff and Students embody the highest academic and institutional integrity through their commitment to:
- Access and Success
- Excellence and Innovation
- Economic and Social Justice
- Inclusiveness and Equity
- Civic Engagement and Service
- Kindness and Respect
- Accountability and Transparency
The Vision, Mission and Values statements were approved by Board of Trustees, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Massachusetts Secretary of Education, October 2014
Statement on Inclusion
The Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees endorsed and approved for adoption on June 9, 1997, the American Association of Community Colleges Statement on Inclusion as follows:
Bunker Hill Community College strongly endorses the continued use of admissions policies and employment practices that promote broad diversity in the community college system. The College will be free to pursue standards and policies that allow it to fulfill its diversity mission and vision. The students who are educated will help provide tomorrow’s leaders, and their college experience will demonstrate the richness and substance of our diverse, multicultural, and global environment. The College environment will promote understanding and appreciation of others, while encouraging students to grow as individuals.
Bunker Hill Community College reaffirms its commitment to diversity. In accord with this philosophy, the College will evaluate its hiring, admissions, and financial aid policies to ensure diversity and equal access within the institution. The College will ensure that the results of these evaluations conform to the concept of open access – the cornerstone of the College’s mission.
Bunker Hill Community College believes that diversity in education is crucial to a democratic society. Community colleges are, in effect, microcosms of our greater society.
As such, Bunker Hill Community College will encourage and enhance the fullest understanding of human rights and responsibilities and will teach the skills that allow its students to effectively participate in a democratic society. The College will be responsible for shaping an environment that mirrors the general culture and creates opportunities for all within the college community to interact with understanding, tolerance, and respect for others. In this way, diversity in education not only serves as a model for the world at large, but it also perpetuates social harmony for the future.
BHCC Statement on Civility
Bunker Hill Community College believes that civility in the workplace and classroom is everyone’s right and responsibility. This statement is consistent with the Student Handbook, all collective bargaining agreements, and the College’s personnel policies. We understand “civility” to mean respectful language and behavior toward everyone at all times, regardless of the circumstances. These qualities are intrinsic to excellence in teaching and learning, and contribute to the maintenance of a productive workplace and an overall positive campus climate.
Further, we affirm our commitment to behavior that is courteous and respectful in all interactions with members of the BHCC community as well as with members of the larger communities we serve.
Bunker Hill Community College’s Goals and Strategies were developed through a collaborative process, engaging more than 200 campus members and more than 150 community, educational, and industry partners.
In 2018, institutional initiatives supporting each goal were added.
Foster Student Success
Promote data-informed, high impact innovations in teaching, learning and student development that lead to increased rates of engagement, persistence, retention, completion and transfer.
- Expand co-requisite models and acceleration of developmental education and English language instruction.
- Implement learner-centered curricular and co-curricular practices, including culturally relevant, collaborative, experiential and multi-modal learning.
- Integrate holistic student development into the curriculum and co-curriculum.
- Deepen student learning outcomes and competency-based assessment models.
- Enhance instructional technology to support digital teaching, learning, and student development on-line and on-ground.
- Support faculty and staff professional development aimed at fostering the success of all students.
Strengthen Career, Transfer and Workforce Readiness
Prepare students for fulfilling 21st century careers that meet Greater Boston’s workforce needs through credentialed, non-credit, stackable and transferable programs.
- Design programs that promote transfer and workforce readiness, including non-credit to credit pathways.
- Institutionalize demand-driven program development, including the high-growth fields of STEM, health care and the creative economy.
- Expand internship and apprenticeship programs in partnership with businesses, industries and community organizations.
- Create seamless transfer opportunities through alignment and articulation with baccalaureate institutions.
- Support students in developing transferable 21st century skills and capacities.
Advance Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Advance diversity, inclusion, and equity in all areas of the College and integrate the cultural wealth of our students, faculty, staff, and communities into the life of the institution.
- Promote diversity in all areas of the College workforce.
- Build a campus community rooted in collaboration, inclusivity, and engagement.
- Design culturally relevant and community-engaged curricular and co-curricular learning environments.
- Identify and address disparities in academic achievement among student groups.
- Increase access, persistence and completion rates for underserved student populations.
Build Partnerships and Pathways
Foster reciprocal, sustainable relationships with civic, educational, and community partners to increase access, promote college readiness, and facilitate seamless pathways to post-secondary study.
- Increase opportunities for enrollment in early college, dual enrollment, and bridge programs.
- Deepen partnerships with civic, educational, and community-based organizations.
- Design guided educational pathways through meta-majors, programming, and curricular mapping.
- Leverage the resources and scholarship of local museums and cultural institutions to enrich the College curriculum and expand student access.
- Broaden partnerships with industry and business leaders.
Develop the College’s Infrastructure
Develop the College’s capacity to support student success through learner-centered facilities, strategic communication, enhanced information technology, and fiscal stewardship.
- Stabilize technology to support teaching, learning, and student success; improve data integrity and analysis; and facilitate evidence-based decision making throughout the college.
- Maximize college and community-based resources to ensure facilities well-suited to the needs of students, faculty, and staff.
- Closely monitor the sources of funding supporting teaching and learning, general operations, and capital projects to ensure long-term sustainability and financial health.
- Support the development of new instructional sites.
- Integrate print and web communications to disseminate accurate, consistent, transparent information to internal and external audiences.
Pam Eddinger, President
Pam Eddinger is president of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the largest of 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. Dr. Eddinger began her tenure at BHCC in 2013, and previously served as president Moorpark College in Southern California from 2008.
Dr. Eddinger’s service in the Community College movement spans more than 25 years, with senior posts in academics and student affairs, communications and policy, and executive leadership. In addition to the chairpersonship of the community college national reform network Achieving the Dream (ATD), Dr. Eddinger serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), WGBH Boston, the Boston Foundation (TBF), the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board, and Boston Private Industry Council. Dr. Eddinger was honored in 2016 by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College in New York City and her masters and doctorate in Japanese Literature from Columbia University.
Executive Team Organizational Chart
The Student Body
The BHCC student body is one of the most diverse of any college in Massachusetts. Approximately 61 percent of BHCC students are people of color and more than 50 percent are women. There are nearly 1000 international students who come from 105 countries and speak more than 75 languages.
The average age of BHCC students is 26. Most students work part time or full time while attending college. Approximately 35 percent of BHCC’s students reside in the city of Boston and 84 percent live within ten miles of the College campuses.
Want to learn more about some of the starring students? Check out the article in BHCC Magazine to hear how they’re making the most of their time at BHCC.
- American Indian or Alaska Native: <1%
- Asian: 12%
- Black or African American: 25%
- Cape Verdean: <1%
- Hispanic/Latinx of any race: 27%
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: <1%
- Non-resident Alien: 4%
- Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 9%
- Two or more races: 2%
- White: 19%
- Students of Color: 67%
803 International Students
94 Home Countries
Academic Support and College Pathway Programs
The Academic Support and College Pathway Programs (ASCPP) division provides effective, dynamic and student-centered services designed to guide and support the process of achieving academic and personal success. ASCPP strives to achieve this through three primary avenues: Academic support services, Individualized learning opportunities and College pathway programs.
Behavioral, Social Sciences and Global Learning
Whatever the educational and career plans, students will almost assuredly be working with faculty and staff from this division. Today’s social, political, and economic climates require each of us to be literate quantitatively, civically and interpersonally. This division houses disciplines required for most degree plans and certificates.
The division prepares students for employment as well as transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The division offers a broad array of courses geared to in-demand health careers. Faculty members hold advanced degrees and/or extensive credentials in their fields.
Humanities and Learning Communities
The humanities are the cornerstone of a college education, providing students with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to adapt to any pathway in their educations, careers, and lives. A degree in the humanities prepares students to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, make connections across disciplines, and apply classroom learning to local and global challenges.
Professional Studies is an innovative, leading edge division that prepares students for success in 21st century careers. The division houses seven academic departments.
Science, Engineering and Mathematics Programs
The division has several departments: Medical Laboratory Technician, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Biology and Chemistry, Mathematics, and STEM Starter Academy.
Workforce and Economic Development
The Workforce and Economic Development division responds to the needs of the employers and community members through meaningful engagement and workforce collaboration to design and deliver non-traditional educational pathways. BHCC leverages expertise, resources and a commitment to success to provide education and training to employers, community agencies, students, and the community at large that support personal growth and professional advancement.
The following is a list of some of the benefits connected with employment status. Benefits are also contingent on legislation, collective bargaining agreements and administrative policies. This material should only be used as a reference. An appointment will be arranged for all new employees with the Human Resources Department.
- Health Insurance
- Optional Life Insurance
- Dental Plans
- Long Term Disability
- Retirement Plan
- System Tuition Remission
- Tax Sheltered Annuities
- Dependent Care Assistance Program
- Health Care Spending Account
- Employee Assistance Program
- Sick/Vacations Accruals and Personal Days
Information regarding BHCC’s relocation policy can be requested from Kendra Dane.
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Bunker Hill Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, and national origin in its education programs or employment