Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access
The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A.) operates in a compliance function to address the institutional good faith efforts at providing a working and learning environment that is welcoming of diversity and forestalls illegal discrimination and illegal harassment. Applicants for employment, employees, and prospective and enrolled students of the university are protected against discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability.
Our Primary Activities
Our office serves the entire University community by engaging in nine primary activities:
- Assessing potential risks and missteps associated with an array of internal policies as they pertain to the principles of non-discrimination
- Enhancing awareness of and sensitivity toward diversity and inclusion, including work with institutional and wider community affinity groups
- Assisting units in operationalizing the institutional diversity plan in their units
- Monitoring the diversity representation at the institution
- Educating (including providing training) students, faculty, and staff about their rights and responsibilities with respect to the prevention of illegal harassment and illegal discrimination, equal opportunity laws, policies, valuing diversity , prevention of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, and other related topics
- Investigating, processing, and assisting to resolve illegal discrimination and illegal harassment complaints
- Facilitating and monitoring compliance with federal and state laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and institutional non-discrimination policies and procedures
- Working with employees, prospective employees and patrons with disabilities to assist with accessibility and reasonable accommodation needs
- Coordinating the data capture and development of the institutional affirmative action plan
The Office of IDEA actively works with the University to remove (actual and perceived) obstacles and barriers to access to the institution driven by acts of alleged illegal discrimination and harassment.