Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) supports the University’s compliance with the law and spirit of equal opportunity and affirmative action as it relates to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected veterans.

EOAA oversees and manages the University’s affirmative action program; including the annual preparation of the federal affirmative action plan. EOAA is one of the institutional points of contact for federal and state agencies for equal opportunity and affirmative action compliance inquiries and compliance confirmation.

We all possess unique and valuable array of skills, knowledge, abilities, and perspectives. We come from different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and experiences. However, we all deserve and have the right to be treated with equal fairness and to have the opportunity to excel without bias due to our race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

It is the bias and unlawful discrimination that prevents a community to truly foster and prosper by failing to include all diverse populations. Changing the long-lasting effects of discrimination begin with changing our beliefs and attitudes. Our quest as an evolving and advancing society requires each and every one of us to protect against these limiting attitudes and the prejudicial behavior that flows from this.

It is the vision of UW and EOAA to uphold the laws and respect equal opportunity in the selection and advancement of all qualified applicants and employees within the institution. Where necessary, we will take affirmative action against barriers of equal opportunity and unlawful discrimination. We will continue to strive for the most diverse workforce community of qualified employees by reaching out to all audiences and committing towards the advancement of such employees. We will be searching for many untapped resources to attract and employ a rich diversity of persons and groups.

Our affirmative action program is borne from the spirit of equal opportunity. Not only is it our requirement as a federal contractor to be free of unlawful discrimination, it is the right action towards continued growth, excellence, and creating a vibrant community.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Equal Opportunity for Minorities and Women Office was established in approximately 1973. In 1977, the name was changed to the Equal Employment Office. The Affirmative Action Office was established in 1976. In 1985, the two divisions merged and became known as the Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Office. The name changed to Equal Opportunity Office in 1995.