Equity and Diversity Training and Tutorials

Hillsborough Community College values mutual respect, equal access and equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. These values will result in a positive, diverse and inclusive work and learning environment. In an effort to ensure that these principles are understood and practiced, our Equity Office is providing on-line training and tutorials for HCC employees. These training modules will serve as a vehicle to raise the College community's level of knowledge on the importance of understanding and valuing diversity. I strongly encourage you to carefully go through these self-study programs and mastery tests.

We have a responsibility to teach tolerance and promote the concept that our cultural, religious and racial differences are to be embraced. Harassment and discrimination have no place on our campuses, in our offices, or within our institution and therefore will not be tolerated. If you know of anyone who has been a victim of harassment or experiencing a hostile work environment, please contact our District Equity Office at 813-253-7037. 

Ken Atwater

We want to strengthen and preserve a healthy work and learning environment at HCC. 

Ken Awater, Ph.D.
President, Hillsborough Community College


On January 4, 2018, the Equity & Diversity/Title IX Office will issue an online training module titled, “Workplace Bullying: Awareness and Prevention,” to all part-time and full-time faculty and staff, including Adjunct Faculty at Hillsborough Community College. The full online course for Supervisors is 28 minutes and for Employees is 20 minutes. The training is offered in English and Spanish. The deadline to complete the online training will be February 28, 2018; however, early completions are strongly encouraged. The training will be issued via email through SafeColleges, a software application purchased by the college to implement online trainings. It should be received electronically on January 4, 2018.

Consistent with HCC’s objective and federal compliance mandates, our policy and practice at the college is to maintain a work environment free of all forms of discrimination and harassment. Workforce bullying is considered a form of harassment. HCC strives to promote workplace environment that fosters a healthy place for its faculty, staff, and student. Accordingly, the goal of this training is to recognize and respond to workforce bullying and provide our campus communities with value of creating a positive workplace environment.

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the online training module, you will:
· Define and identify workplace bullying.
· Identify specific management responsibilities and liabilities around workplace bullying.
· Outline key actions to take when dealing with allegations of workplace bullying.
· Reduce incidents of workplace bullying.
· Earn a Certificate of Completion to substantiate faculty and staff professional development, which can be applied towards those pursuing tenure track or additional staff development training.

We strongly encourage you to complete the “Workplace Bullying: Awareness and Prevention” online training module for HCC to meet federal compliance requirements by April 1, 2018. If you have any questions, of course, please feel free to contact the Equity & Diversity/Title IX Office at (813) 253-7037.

Online Training Now Available:  Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

All HCC employees are obligated to participate in workshops each year in order to prevent any actions or situations that may be construed as harassment or discrimination.

After you complete the training, you will automatically be able to print out a certificate verifying your mastery of the skills from these modules.  You may place these certificates in your personnel file or frame them for your own enjoyment.

You may contact the Office of Equity & Diversity at (813) 253-7043 if you have any questions or comments regarding this training.