Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is to promote and support the University's commitment to creating and fostering an inclusive and diverse community of faculty, administrators, staff, and students. OEO will achieve its mission by providing leadership and guidance to the University community in the following ways:

  • Serve as a resource to schools and administrative units with respect to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity;
  • Oversee the preparation and implementation of the University's annual Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) under Executive Order 11246, as enforced by the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP);
  • Maintaining and analyzing data collected by schools and administrative units and by the University's Office of Institutional Research for inclusion in the AAP;
  • Review University practices, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and city anti-discrimination laws in the recruitment and selection process, and in other terms and conditions of employment (e.g., compensation, promotion, benefits and termination);
  • Oversee compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other federal, state and city disability discrimination laws;
    Develop and conduct training programs on discriminatory harassment, equal opportunity, cultural sensitivity, and diversity topics;
  • Implement a consistent and uniform procedure for responding to and resolving internal discrimination complaints;
  • Confer and seek the advice of appropriate University offices, including the Offices of Legal Counsel, Compliance and Risk Management, Academic Appointments and Human Resources, regarding institutional best practices; and
  • Serve as the University's liaison to relevant government agencies.