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Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity

Joshua R. Ernst

Affirmative Action

Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity

The Office Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity is responsible for carrying out Colorado State University-Pueblo’s commitment to preventing prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability or veteran status, against any of its faculty, staff, students or invited guests. The office provides leadership in supporting and enhancing campus diversity and an inclusive community, as well as developing, implementing and monitoring the CSU-Pueblo’s affirmative action plan and non discrimination policy and procedures. The office is responsible for the oversight and investigation of complaints of harassment or discrimination prohibited under law. It also provides resources and training in diversity issues and sexual and racial harassment prevention as well as workplace and education equity.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Training

Education and training continue to be central to the EO/AA Office's mission to promote diversity, while eradicating discrimination. In addition to investigating complaints and monitoring recruitment, selection and hiring procedures, this office routinely presents informative training programs to the university community.

The subject matter of these programs include: sexual harassment, preventing employment discrimination, recruitment, diversity and general EO/AA issues. These programs are presented for several university events, including new faculty orientation, academic and administrative search committees, and University employee training. For additional information regarding training provided by this office, please call 719.549.2223.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is Affirmative Action?

    In employment law, affirmative actions are the specific actions taken in advertising, recruitment, hiring, promotion, and other areas which are designed and taken for the purpose of eliminating the present effects of past discrimination.
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    How does Equal Employment Opportunity differ from Affirmative Action?

    Equal Employment Opportunity is a system of employment practices within an employing organization under which individuals are not excluded from any participation, advancement, or benefits because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin or other factor which cannot lawfully be the basis for employment action. It is an employment system in which neither intentional or unintentional discrimination operates. The purpose of affirmative action is to achieve equal employment opportunity.
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    What is Discrimination?

    In Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Discrimination is an act or acts, the effects of which are adverse to the employment opportunities of one or more individuals because of his, her, or their race, color, religion, sex or national origin or other factors which under particular laws may not be considered as a basis for employment actions. Unlawful discrimination generally may be either intentional or unintentional.
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    What is the difference between Goals and Quotas?

    Goals are numerical projections an employer makes of the representation minorities, women and protected class members are likely to achieve in positions in which they have been underutilized, if the employer applies good faith efforts to assure that all aspects of the employer’s affirmative action plan are made to work.
     
    In employment law, quotas, are court-ordered hiring and or promoting of specified number or ratios of minorities, women or protected class members in positions from which a court has found they have been excluded as a result of unlawful discrimination. Quotas are not the same as goals, they can only be imposed by a court of law.

Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity

Joshua R. Ernst

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