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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School fosters an inclusive environment that values the diversity of our school community and respects individual differences. Each individual is embraced, celebrated, and treated equitably. We aim to foster a dialogue conducive to learning, acceptance, and cultural enrichment. GNB Voc-Tech promotes its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through discussion, education, and promotion of an environment that encourages scholarship, learning, and respect for diverse backgrounds and viewpoints to prepare students for lives in a multicultural society.

At Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, we are committed to serving students from New Bedford, Dartmouth, and Fairhaven with cutting edge, relevant instruction in both the academic and career and technical areas. The Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech community believes in equal opportunity for all students and is committed to preparing students with real-world skills. The education students receive at GNBVT ensures they are ready to take on college, the workforce or the armed forces.

All are welcome at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech.

Yolanda Dennis

Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Family Engagement

Title IX Coordinator: Yolonda Dennis

p: Ext. 563

Room: J138


If you’re experiencing harassment or discrimination, it’s important to speak up. You have the right to be treated with respect. Don’t stay silent. Report any incidents by submitting a completed Student Incident Form to Security, Assistant Principals or directly to the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Family Engagement.

Your voice matters, and together, we can create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

In accordance with “An Act to impove Public Records,” Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016 “Chapter 121″

GNBRVTHS requests that all Public Records and Freedom of information requests be made in writing. All inquiries received will be compiled within ten (10) days of the request according to the Freedom of Information Act: Freedom of Information Link

Sample Request Can be Found Here”

Requests can be submitted via email or USPS to:



Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School

Attention: Maria Fredette, Records Access Officer (RAO)

1121 Ashley Boulevard

New Bedford, MA 02745


Please contact Maria Fredette, RAO, at 508.998.3321 X275

Message from the Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Family Engagement & District Title IX Coordinator:

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as the Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Family Engagement. GNBVT is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment to work, study and learn, and preparing our students to be future leaders to better serve the needs of our surrounding communities. I am dedicated to making GNBVT an environment that purposely and intentionally promotes and recognizes the diverse strengths of our students, faculty, and staff.

GNBRVTHS has been proactively and meaningfully advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our learning and working community and we will remain steadfastly committed to these principles. It is both an honor and a pleasure to contribute to the ongoing transformation at the school, and I take pride in the collective efforts shaping positive change. Effecting change involves navigating challenging dialogues, and through these conversations, we open doors to transformative possibilities. By working collaboratively, amplifying marginalized voices, and fostering resilience, we aim to cultivate a culture of respect and acceptance, embracing the richness of diversity.

We celebrate unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives, and create brave safe spaces where all students, faculty, and staff have an opportunity to be heard and supported regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. 

In Solidarity,
Yolanda Dennis
Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Family Engagement & District Title IX Coordinator


The Title IX Coordinator is the responsible district employee who provides leadership and direction in overseeing the prevention, response, and remediation related to sexual harassment. This includes receiving reports and providing supportive measures. Any student or employee who believes they have been discriminated against or harassed should report their concern promptly to the Title IX Coordinator. In the event that the Title IX Coordinator is unavailable, including unavailability due to a conflict of interest, the Superintendent shall designate another appropriately qualified and trained individual to serve as the Title IX Coordinator in that case. 

Yolanda Dennis, Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Family Engagement is designated as the district Title IX Coordinator. Any student and/or employee who believes that they have been discriminated against or harassed, including disparities in athletics, please report promptly and contact Ms. Dennis at or call 508-998-3321 ext. 563. The Title IX office is located in J138, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Title IX Coordinator Certifications:

  • K-12 Title IX Coordinator & Administrator One: Foundations, October 2022
  • K-12 Title IX Coordinator & Administrator Two, October 2022
  • K-12 Civil Rights Investigator One: Foundations, October 2022
  • K-12 Civil Rights Investigator Two, October 2022

The District attended the following training to comply with the new regulations and requirements. This list will be expanded based on mandated training and workshops required under Title IX.

  • Title IX, Course Completion, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), July 2022.
  • School Employee Sexual Misconduct: Legal Requirements and Best Practices for Prevention and Response, May 2022, Utica National Insurance Group.
  • Compliance Training for Title IX Team, Melissa R. Murray, Norris, Murray & Peloquin, LLC, August 2020
  • The First Amendment and Title IX: An OCR Short Webinar
  • OCR Short Webinar on How to Report Sexual Harassment under Title IX
  • Conducting and Adjudicating Title IX Hearings: An OCR Training Webinar
  • OCR Webinar on Due Process Protections under the New Title IX Regulations
  • OCR Webinar on New Title IX Protections Against Sexual Assault
  • OCR Webinar: Title IX Regulations Addressing Sexual Harassment


Title IX Additional Resources: