Message From The President - Baruch College

October 14, 2015

Academic Year 2015-2016 Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

To the Baruch College Community:

I am pleased to take this opportunity to re-affirm once again my personal commitment, and that of Baruch College, to an unequivocal policy of equal opportunity and a strong affirmative action program. The responsibility for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action ultimately lies with the President, but that responsibility is also shared by others in the College’s organizational structure. Administrators, faculty members, and supervisors must adhere to these policies and practices as they deal with employment and affirmative action issues. All members of the College community share in the duty to carry out the College’s commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, and affirmative action, and I ask everyone to join with me to ensure the success of our efforts.

Later in this message you will find Baruch College’s official policy statement regarding affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. Although an abbreviated version appears in all College publications, I believe it is valuable to review the entire policy occasionally, to help keep the goals squarely in mind and clearly visible in the College’s activities. Progress requires cooperative, positive actions by all of us to prevent discrimination, whether intentional or not, in College employment, student enrollment, and student services. A quick overview of the key people and policies should help to make everyone better acquainted and up-to-date with this important college-wide endeavor.

The Chief Diversity Officer, Kieran B. Morrow, Esq., is responsible for overseeing the collection and analysis of data, monitoring and reviewing affirmative action policy, compliance and/or procedures, submitting written reports to the President and other College officials, providing counseling and information on diversity and affirmative action issues, serving as liaison between the College community and campus interest groups, and working with deans, chairs, and directors of administrative units in the development of innovative recruitment efforts. As the head of The Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Equity Initiatives, the Chief Diversity Officer also investigates claims brought under the University’s Non-Discrimination Policies, serves as Title IX Coordinator, and is also the Section 504/ADA Coordinator. The Chief Diversity Officer serves as liaison to the University Office of Diversity and Recruitment. Ms. Morrow may be reached at 646-312-4542 or The Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Equity Initiatives is located at 137 East 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, Room 204.

The Office prepares the College’s annual Affirmative Action Plan, which is available there for review between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Copies of the Plan are also available in the Library.


It is the policy of The City University of New York (CUNY) and of Baruch College to recruit, employ, retain, promote, tenure, and provide benefits to employees and to admit and provide services for students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, legally registered domestic partnership status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence or any other legally protected status under federal, state, and city law. Sexual harassment, a form of sex discrimination, is also prohibited.

CUNY, as a public university system, and Baruch College, as a constituent college of CUNY, adhere to federal, state, and city laws and regulations regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action including among others: Section 1324b of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA); Executive Order 11246, as amended; Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law.

In addition to the following protected race and ethnic categories: Black or African American; Latino or Hispanics; Asians; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; Native American or Alaska Natives, and White – Chancellor Robert E. Kibbee expanded the protected race and ethnic class for CUNY on December 9, 1976 to include Italian-Americans. In addition to these race and ethnic categories, there are many other protected categories under federal, state, and city law that Baruch College continues to safeguard. Should any federal, state, or city law or regulation be adopted that prohibits discrimination based on grounds or characteristics not included in this policy, this policy shall be read to prohibit discrimination based on those grounds or characteristics as well.

Inquiries concerning the application of non-discrimination policies and laws should be directed to the College’s Chief Diversity Officer.


    • Kieran B. Morrow, Esq.: Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator; 137 East 22nd Street, Room 204 ; 646-312-4542.

    • Ms. Barbara Sirois, Coordinator for the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD); Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 2-270; 646-312-4590.

    • Professor Mindy Engle-Friedman, Ombudsperson, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 8-283; 646-312-3815.


Please consult this link to access the CUNY Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct; and Workplace and Domestic Violence; and related policies. You may also consult the CUNY website directly at


Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College


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