Trustees of the Saddleback Community College District recently approved the creation of a new administrative position designed to ensure that affirmative action issues among district employees are being properly addressed.
Linda M. Newell of Laguna Niguel began work last week as the college district's new director of affirmative action programs.
"By creating this new position, the district has shown that it has a commitment to addressing these issues," said Newell, who began reviewing affirmative action policies and procedures this week.
Newell said she will take "positive steps" toward addressing issues of people historically underrepresented in the workplace because of gender, race, age, disability or religion.
Newell has more than 15 years' experience in administering, coordinating and supervising affirmative action and faculty and staff diversity programs, Chancellor Richard Sneed said.