Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Commitment to Equal Opportunity/Equity and Access

Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. The College complies with all state and federal laws granting rights to students, employees, and applicants for employment or admission to the College. Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment.

In guidance with our Strategic Plan ensuring student success, the College recognizes its commitment to ensure that current and future students are not discriminated against and its obligation to ensure a bias-free educational environment. Specific procedures for filing a complaint and resolving academic disputes are provided in Rule 4.26 Student Appeal/Complaint Policy. In addition, the College has appointed an Ombudsman on each campus to provide students with an opportunity to have an off-the-record discussion about student concerns. The role and responsibility of the Ombudsman does not replace the formal procedure process for filing any type of complaint.

The College provides equal educational opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities and complies with and supports the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ms. Valparisa J. Baker is the Chief Diversity Officer for the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) and also the College’s Title IX Coordinator, who ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment.

Employees and students who believe they have been a victim of discrimination or sexual harassment should contact:

Ms. Valparisa J. Baker, Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Title IX Coordinator
Polk State College
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299
WAD 227

Ms. Kristen Sykes, Interim Assistant Director
Office of Human Resources
Polk State College
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299
WAD 209

Dr. Larry Pakowski,  Executive Dean
Student Services – Lakeland
Polk State College
3425 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803
LTB 1294

Dr. Larry Pakowski, Executive Dean
Student Services-Winter Haven
Polk State College
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299
WAD 153A

Ms. Dionne Formey, Coordinator, Disability Services
ADA Coordinator
Office of Disability & Counseling Services
WAD 159

Polk State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. For additional information, visit polk.edu/equity.

Polk State College se compromete a la igualdad de acceso/igualdad de oportunidades en sus programas, actividades, y empleo. Para más información, visite polk.edu/equity.

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