Thursday, March 26, 2015

People Issue: Police Chief Steve Anderson on Post-Ferguson Policing, Diversity on the Force, and More

Nashville Scene
Steven Hale
March 2o, 2015

For this year's People Issue, I sat down with Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, who received loads of positive national press in a year when law enforcement has been under as much scrutiny as in any year in recent memory. An excerpt of our chat appeared in the dead-tree version, but here's the whole conversation, beginning with the chief's explanation of why he shows up to every Metro Council.

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Coloring Science Fiction with Diversity

Urban Faith
Noah Burlatsky
March 20, 2015

Online feminist activist and writer Mikki Kendall talks about diversity in science fiction and its intersection with social justice, feminism, and race.
Mikki Kendall
Longtime Hyde Parker Mikki Kendall is best known as an online feminist activist and social media force; her hashtag #solidarityi

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             
March 25, 2015
Matt Jorgenson / Alanna Wellspeak (Mikulski) 202-228-1122
Sara Lonardo (DeLauro) 202-225-3661
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) today reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation which would help close the wage gap between women and men working the same jobs. On average, women make just 78 cents for every dollar made by a man.
“Middle class families need a raise and more money in the family checkbook. Five years ago we made a down payment towards equal pay passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to keep the courthouse doors open. I’m fighting to finish the job and stop wage discrimination from happening in the first place,” said Senator Mikulski, a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee. “Equal pay is not just for our pocketbooks, it’s about family checkbooks and getting it right in the law books. The Paycheck Fairness Act ensures that women will no longer be fighting on their own for equal pay for equal work.”
“Equal pay is not just a problem for women, but for families, who are trying to pay their bills, trying to get ahead, trying to achieve the American Dream, and are getting a smaller paycheck than they have earned for their hard work,” Congresswoman DeLauro said. “The Paycheck Fairness Act will help the Equal Pay Act fulfill its intended objective, offer real protections to ensure equal pay for equal work, and see that women are paid the same as the other half of our nation’s workforce for the same job.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act builds upon the landmark Equal Pay Act signed into law in 1963 by closing loopholes that have kept it from achieving its goal of equal pay. The bill would require employers to show pay disparity is truly related to job-performance, not gender.
It also prohibits employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers. Under current law employers can sue and punish employees for sharing such information. In addition, it strengthens remedies for pay discrimination by increasing compensation women can seek, allowing them to seek both back pay and punitive damages for pay discrimination.
The bill empowers women in the workplace through a grant program to strengthen salary negotiation and other workplace skills, and requires the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to eliminate pay disparities.
President Obama’s first bill, signed into law on January 29, 2009, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which overturned the 180-day statute of limitations for women to contest pay discrimination. ThePaycheck Fairness Act would close the loopholes that allow pay discrimination to continue in the first place and, with Ledbetter, provide employees the rights they need to challenge and eliminate pay discrimination in the workplace.
The bill has been endorsed by President Obama, Lilly Ledbetter and a coalition of over 300 advocacy groups.

AAAED NEXT WEBINAR! Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination
What's New; What's Not?
April 23, 2015 (New Date!) 
2:00 PM, EDT  

This webinar will be jointly led by the EEOC's Washington Field Office Acting Director Mindy Weinstein and Schuyler Affirmative Action Practice Counsel Marilynn Schuyler.  The webinar will briefly cover the history of pregnancy discrimination, but the primary focus will be on the recently issued guidance, and how the guidance should inform the development of workplace policies.  This is an emerging area, and all relevant court cases, including Young v United Parcel Service, which was argued in the Supreme Court on December 3, 2014, will be addressed. 

Marilynn Schuyler, Esq.
Marilynn L. Schuyler has been developing Affirmative Action Plans for public, private, and academic institutions since 1996, and has been working in the field of Equal Employment Opportunity since 1988.  She provides clients with strategic advice and analysis related to all aspects of Affirmative Action compliance, and produces Affirmative Action Plans consistent with OFCCP regulations.  She has successfully led clients through audits, from notice of audit to notice of compliance, and develops compliant compensation analyses and all other analyses required for responses to OFCCP. 

Ms. Schuyler began her professional career at the Department of Labor.  She served in the Oakland District Office of the OFCCP as Assistant District Director, and in the San Francisco Regional Office as an OFCCP Liaison and as the Regional Civil Rights Officer.  In the National Office, she was the Department of Labor's Affirmative Action Officer. She also served as the Affirmative Action Officer for the Office of the President at the University of California, for whom she developed the Affirmative Action Plan for four years.  Prior to establishing Schuyler Affirmative Action Practice, Ms. Schuyler was a Senior Attorney and Director of Affirmative Action Program Development at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.  She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

Ms. Schuyler is co-Chair of the Washington Metro Industry Liaison Group and a Board Member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity. She was the attorney of record and co-wrote the amicus curiae brief filed in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case on behalf of AAAAA, now AAAED.

Mindy Weinstein, Esq.
Mindy Weinstein is the Washington, DC Acting Field Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Registration Link: April Webinar

Registrants will receive the speakers' PowerPoint presentation after the event.
Can't make the live event?  You can now purchase the PowerPoint presentations of AAAED webinars on the webinar registration page. Click on the registration link.
Questions?  Contact the AAAED National Office for more information: aaaaexecdir@gmail.comor phone (202) 349-9855

Summer PDTI !

Do You Have Your CAAP? 
Do You Have Your Sr. CAAP?
Do You Need Recertification Credits?
  Register for the Summer 2015 PDTI classroom training in Madison, WI
(Registration Link:  Summer PDTI in Madison)

Monday, August 03, 2015 8:00 AM -
Saturday, August 08, 2015 5:00 PM (Central Time)

STE 410
Madison, Wisconsin 53701-0927

Come to the Summer PDTI for a delightful training experience in downtown Madison.  Our training site is directly across from the Capitol Building and the city of Madison is replete with a college town flair and a Mid-Western sensibility.

Learn the essentials about EEO Law, Complaint Processing and the latest information about Developing and Implementing an Affirmative Action Program including all of the latest regulatory changes.

Want to obtain Title IX training?  Sign up for our 8 hour Title IX Investigations class.  Are you a Diversity professional?  Learn from the best in the nation in our Diversity Management classes.

Registrants may work towards the completion of the Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) or Sr. CAAP credentials by registering for the following courses:  

August 3 - 4, 2015 - Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Law (16 hrs.)
Instructor: Robert Gregg, Esq., Boardman & Clark Law Firm

August 5 - 6, 2015 -Developing and Implementing an Affirmative Action Program  (16 hrs.)
Instructor: Jean Abramowski, Principal, A Compliance Connection

August 7 -8, 2015 - Complaint Processing, Counseling and Resolution (16 hrs.)
Instructor: Beth Wilson, J.D.

Registrants will receive AAAED Certificates in Diversity Management with the successful completion of the following courses:
August 5, 2015 - Introduction to Diversity Management (8 hrs.)
Instructor: Christopher Metzler, J.D., Ph.D.
(Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion in Introduction to Diversity Management.  Counts towards the Senior CAAP and continuing education requirements)

August 6, 2015  Diversity Planning (8 hrs.)
Instructor: Christopher Metzler, M.A., J.D., Ph.D.
(Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion in Diversity Planning. Counts towards the Senior CAAP and continuing education requirements)

The following course counts toward the Senior CAAP and recertification requirements:

August 7, 2015 - Title IX Investigations (8 hrs.)
Instructors: TBA

(Counts towards the Senior CAAP and continuing education requirements.  Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion in Title IX Investigations)

AAAED PDTI Course Catalog for 2015: AAAED PDTI Course Catalog

CAAP Group Discount: If 2 or more people register together, you will receive a discount of $100.00 off the total amount for each of the registrants if you register for all three of the basic CAAP courses.  Contact the PDTI office for more information:

Early Registration Tuition
Early Registration Deadline: July 1, 2015
AAAED Members:
$ 450 for 8-hour courses
$ 900 for 16-hour courses

$ 540 for 8-hour courses
$ 990 for 16-hour courses

Regular and Onsite Registration Tuition
Onsite Registration accepted if space remains available

AAAED Members:
$ 540 for 8-hour courses
$ 1080 for 16-hour courses

$ 630  for 8-hour courses
$ 1170 for 16-hour courses

Save the Date:

November 9 - 14, 2015: Fall PDTI in Philadelphia, PA

Questions?  Contact the AAAED National Office for more information: or phone (202) 349-9855

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Frat's Response to Racism

Inside HigherEd
Jake New
March 19, 2015

The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon -- which disbanded its University of Oklahoma chapter last week after its members were caught on video singing a racist song -- announced a new initiative Wednesday that the fraternity said will “combat instances of racial discrimination and insensitivity” among its members.

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How U. of Oklahoma Treats American Indians

Inside HigherEd
March 19, 2015
Carl Straumsheim

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren drew praise last week when he swiftly moved to punish members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon caught singing a racist song -- much like he did when members of the same fraternity in 1996 stole a tepee and placed it on a sorority house lawn.

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