Role

The Office of Equity and Diversity Strives to:

  • Ensure the University's compliance with State and Federal Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action laws, and the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Protect equal opportunity, related to conditions, terms and privileges of employment and education;
  • Develop an Affirmative Action Program consistent with contract compliance regulations;
  • Provide an internal avenue of redress through the investigation and resolution of complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment;
  • Offer reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities as needed;
  • Support the University in its proactive recruitment, hiring and retention policies to enhance a welcoming, multicultural community for all students and employees;
  • Foster mutual respect and understanding among all campus communities and constituents.
  • Promote an awareness of, and appreciation for diversity through education sponsored programs;

OED plays a leading role in the following:

  • Establishing personal networks and professional working relationships with community based agencies, professional associations, businesses and community leaders;
  • Participating in minority and women professional events, monthly meetings and annual conferences;
  • Retaining active membership and participating on community boards and community based organizations;
  • Raising awareness of recruitment and retention policies for minority students, faculty and staff;
  • Developing training programs for all University members;
  • Supporting efforts to expand an inclusive multicultural curriculum;
  • Examining and improving access conditions related to persons with disabilities.

Training Programs Available:

  • EO/AA Update Briefings
  • Legal and Illegal Interviewing Practices
  • AA Plan Development
  • Diversity Awareness Training
  • Cultural Competence Training
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
  • Diversity Conferences

Resources Available:

  • Information on Affirmative Action
  • Information on Diversity related programs
  • Information on Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Information on Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Information on Discrimination and Disparate Treatment
  • Information on Minority owned businesses (local)
  • Information library on diversity and equality related themes and topics
  • Materials include books, periodicals and other media on above-listed topics