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Affirmative Action

Tulane University is a federal contractor and complies with and supports Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations.  Affirmative Action encourages equity in the workplace through:

  1. Proactive implementation of guidelines and practices designed to promote and support diversity and inclusion
  2. Promotion of investigation into discrimination and harassment complaints
  3. Promotion of the advancement and employment of protected veterans and persons with disabilities

Each year, the Office of Institutional Equity prepares an Affirmative Action Plan to analyze Tulane's workforce. 

Tulane 2018-2019 AAP Goals Information

Equal Opportunity is the opportunity to gain entry to, participate in, and benefit from employment, services, programs, activities, and privileges of the institution regardless of race, national origin, sex, age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. 

Any personnel or employment record that is made or kept by Tulane must be retained by the contractor for a minimum of three years.  For purposes of the recruitment, search and hiring process, these records, whether electronic or hard copies, include but are not limited to the following:

  • Positions advertisements 
  • Postings
  • Letters and emails 
  • Curriculum vitas 
  • Resumes and applications 
  • Interview forms 
  • Evaluations
  • Ranking
  • Selection forms
  • Questionnaires

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Fields at 504-247-1783.

View our Affirmative Action Plan

Affirmative Action FAQs

What is Affirmative Action?

Affirmative action is a practice that must be taken by covered employers to identify conspicuous imbalances in their workforce and take positive steps to correct and prevent any underrepresentation of protected classes.  It is an action to recruit and advance in employment people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans based upon their qualifications, skills, and abilities. (Adapted from SHRM and Department of Labor)

Affirmative action comes from Executive Order 11246 as amended, which prohibits federal contractors and federally-assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in government business in one year, from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  The Executive Order also requires government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of their employment, including recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion, training, and related employment areas. -  Department of Labor

What is an Affirmative Action Program?

An affirmative action program is a written management tool designed to ensure equal employment opportunity. Affirmative action programs contain a diagnostic component which includes a number of quantitative analyses designed to evaluate the composition of the workforce and compare it to the composition of the relevant labor pools. Affirmative action programs also include action-oriented goals. - Department of Labor

What is the purpose of an Affirmative Action Program?

An affirmative action program is to ensure that all persons have equal opportunities in recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion, training, discipline and related employment areas. - Department of Labor

What does an Affirmative Action Program consist of?

An affirmative action program must include the following:

  • Organizational Profile
  • Job Group Analysis
  • Placement of incumbents in job groups
  • Availability Analysis
  • Incumbency versus Availability Analysis
  • Placement Goals
  • Designation of responsibility for implementation
  • Identification of problem areas
  • Accomplishment of goals from prior year
  • Action-oriented programs and
  • Periodic internal audits
Are Affirmative Action Program Goals required to be met?

Affirmative action program goals are not required to be met, but it is expected that good faith efforts will be made to meet each goal.  The affirmative action plan must show that good faith efforts were carried out in advertisement, recruitment, promotions, trainings, and terminations.

Does Affirmative Action mean we are applying different standards toward non-minorities?

No, it means we are applying one standard toward all people, minority and nonminority, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  Affirmative action does not encourage the hiring of candidates who are not qualified based on valid job-related qualifications.

Who benefits from Affirmative Action Programs?

Everyone benefits from affirmative action programs. They promote diversity and inclusion among individuals of different races, colors , sexes, religions, national origins, etc. With diversity, we can learn more about our differences and similarities that will ultimately bring us closer together.