Saturday, December 13, 2014

American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Honors Xavier University's President Norman C. Francis At its 41st National Conference and Annual Meeting


 
 
 
The Nation's longest-serving university president will receive
the association's "Drum Major for Justice" Award for his outstanding contributions to access, equity, diversity and excellence in higher education
 
 
For Immediate Release: December 10, 2014
Contact:  Shirley J. Wilcher 
240-893-9475 

  
Washington, DC, December 10, 2014 - Dr. Norman C. Francis, the longest serving university president in the United States, will be honored during the 41st National Conference and Annual Meeting of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED). The conference will be held on June 2 - 5, 2015 at the Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. AAAED's annual Awards Luncheon will take place on June 3, 2015. At the luncheon, Dr. Francis will receive the association's "Drum Major for Justice" Award.
 
Dr. Francis will be acknowledged for his many contributions to higher education and American society.  Francis has served as President of Xavier University since 1968 and he has also been an important civic leader in New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.   Under Francis' leadership Xavier, which is the nation's only university that is both a Catholic and a historically Black institution, has developed into the leading university in the preparation of African-American students to pursue and earn advanced degrees in the health sciences.
 
Francis is himself a Xavier alumnus, who then became the first African American to earn a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans.  After serving in the Army, he worked in the U. S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans to help integrate federal agencies.  He subsequently became active in the civil rights movement, and went on to join the Xavier administration in 1961.  He was selected by the board to become the University's president in 1968.
 
A nationally recognized expert in educational administration and management, Francis has served as chairman of the board of directors of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, the Educational Testing Service, the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Southern Education Foundation.  He has been a member of the board of trustees of the Catholic University of America, the board of Regents of Loyola University, and the board of directors of the National Catholic Council for Interracial Justice.  He also served as chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, which is the state agency in charge of planning the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
 
In 2006, Francis was awarded the National Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, and in 2009 U. S. News and World Report named him as one of America's Best Leaders. 
 
Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the outstanding career of this legendary leader at the AAAED 41st National Conference and Annual Meeting. For more information about the conference and the Awards Luncheon, go to: www.aaaedconference.org. Proceeds from the luncheon will support the work of the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund), established to provide thought leadership in promoting inclusive organizations and institutions by providing research and education on issues related to diversity, social responsibility, human and civil rights.
 
 
 
 
For more information, go to the  AAAED Website and the AAAED Conference Site

American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Announces its 2015 Professional Development and Training Institute Program


 
 
 
Association launches Diversity Management and Title IX Training as part of its
Equal Employment Opportunity Curriculum for
Human Resources, EEO, Diversity and Affirmative Action Professionals  

 

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2014
Contact:  Shirley J. Wilcher 
240-893-9475 

Washington, DC,
December 15, 2014 - The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), an association of equal employment opportunity (EEO), diversity and affirmative action professionals, announced the release of its Professional Development and Training Institute (PDTI) program for 2015.  Founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), AAAED has four decades of leadership in providing professional training to members, enabling them to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action and other equal opportunity and related compliance laws to enhance the tenets of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.
 
AAAED’s PDTI has been a primary sponsor of quality training in equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action law and policy since 1991. PDTI faculty consists of experienced educators who understand both the theory and the applications of EEO, affirmative action and diversity law and policy.
 
In 2015, PDTI is launching its Diversity Management Program for practicing professionals.  This addition to its curriculum constitutes an expansion of its longstanding training in EEO Law, Complaint Processing, Counseling and Resolution; and Affirmative Action plan development.  This expansion is consistent with the association’s name change to encompass professionals who work in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion as well as EEO and Affirmative Action. 
  
AAAED will also offer courses related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  Title IX is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. OCR has been actively investigating compliance with the rules prohibiting discrimination by programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.  One of the issues that the agency has been vigorously pursuing lately involves campus sexual assaults.  AAAED will train members and nonmembers alike to be better prepared to comply with Title IX.
For more information including the course catalog and registration, go to: www.aaaed.org/training or www.affirmativeaction.org/training.  Tel: 202-349-9855.  Email:  pdti@aaaed.org or pdti@affirmativeaction.org.
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Click here for the AAAED PDTI 2015 Catalog:  AAAED PDTI Catalog

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Statement on the Announcement of Professional Standards for Chief Diversity Officers

The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), an association of equal employment opportunity (EEO), diversity and affirmative action professionals, expressed strong support for the articulation of standards for the Chief Diversity Officer profession, released by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).

“The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), a forty-year organization composed of equal opportunity, affirmative action, institutional equity and diversity officers in higher education, government and the private sector, commends our colleague organization, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), on the development and publication of its Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs),” said AAAED President Marshall Rose. 

Founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), AAAED has four decades of leadership in providing professional training to members, enabling them to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action and other equal opportunity and related compliance laws to enhance the tenets of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities. 

“While its focus is ostensibly on institutions of higher education, these standards are tremendously important in articulating the knowledge and role of the CDO and its essential position in the executive leadership of any organization. They are also a foundational contribution to the national conversation on access, equity and inclusive excellence, and the contribution is one that AAAED welcomes,” President Rose added. 

AAAED urges NADOHE and other organizations to work with AAAED to build stronger interconnected efforts with Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action professionals, the Title IX and ADA officers, Human Resources and other relevant university personnel to promote a healthy and respectful environment for the entire Academic community. AAAED also welcomes those working in higher education, the public sector, government and the private sector to explore its various professional development and skills acquisition programs, including diversity management classroom training, webinars, certificate programs, and annual conference to promote access, equity and diversity both substantively and through greater collaboration and cooperation with the various entities charged with promoting diversity and inclusive excellence throughout our society.

U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Issues Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury and State of Missouri's Decision Not to Indict Officer Wilson for Death of Michael Brown

 The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by bipartisan majority vote today issued the following statement upon the completion of the work of the grand jury and the State of Missouri's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of teenager Michael Brown.

We understand the disappointment and anger that many in Ferguson feel with regard to the decision of the grand jury not to return an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown. But our nation's commitment to the rule of law requires that the decision must be afforded our respect and we must abide by the decision. However, this does not mean that inquiries into the deeper issues of inequality and racial disparities raised by members of the African American community in St. Louis County and others in the aftermath of the shooting should end.


Please read more here http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/u-s-commission-on-civil-rights-issues-statement-on-ferguson-grand-jury-and-state-of-missouris-decision-not-to-indict-officer-wilson-for-death-of-michael-brown-300001403.html

Final rule to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity announced by US Labor Department


WASHINGTON – A new rule prohibiting discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal contracting workforce is being announced today by the U.S. Department of Labor. The rule implements Executive Order 13672, which was signed by President Obama on July 21.

 

“Americans believe in fairness and opportunity. No one should live in fear of being fired or passed over or discriminated against at work simply because of who they are or who they love,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Laws prohibiting workplace discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity are long overdue, and we’re taking a big step forward today to fix that.”

 

EO 13672 tasked the department with updating the rules implementing EO 11246 to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes it protects. While 18 states, the District of Columbia and many businesses, large and small, already offer workplace protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, July’s executive order was the first federal action to ensure LGBT workplace equality in the private sector.


“We are building on the work of presidents and members of Congress from both parties who have expanded opportunities for America’s workers,” said Patricia A. Shiu, director of the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which will enforce the new requirements. “This rule will extend protections to millions of workers who are employed by or seek jobs with federal contractors and subcontractors, ensuring that sexual orientation and gender identity are never used as justification for workplace discrimination by those that profit from taxpayer dollars.”

 

The final rule will become effective 120 days after its publication in the Federal Register and will apply to federal contracts entered into or modified on or after that date. More information is available athttp://www.dol.gov/ofccp/LGBT

 

In addition to EO 11246, OFCCP enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These three laws require contractors and subcontractors that do business with the federal government to follow the fair and reasonable standard that they not discriminate in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, and now sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

For general information, please call OFCCP’s toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visithttp://www.dol.gov/ofccp/

 

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Media Contacts:

 

Laura McGinnis, 202-693-4653mcginnis.laura.k@dol.gov

Michael Trupo, 202-693-6588trupo.michael@dol.gov

 

Release Number: 14-1942-NAT


American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Statement on One of the Lessons of Ferguson: The Need for Diversity and Inclusion

Association calls on policy makers to take positive, affirmative, action-oriented steps to promote equal employment opportunity and to increase diversity and inclusion in their departmental workforces

 

 

For Immediate Release: December 3, 2014

Contact:  Shirley J. Wilcher  

240-893-9475 

execdir@aaaed.org

execdir@affirmativeaction.org


Washington, DC, December 3, 2014 - The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), an association of equal employment opportunity (EEO), diversity and affirmative action professionals, learned that the grand jury convened by St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch will not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown.  We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Brown. 

 

AAAED makes it a policy and practice not to comment or advocate on behalf of individuals in personal or legal matters.  Setting legal matters aside, AAAED observes that since the shooting in August, 2014, Ferguson, Missouri has been the locus of peaceful demonstrations and lootings and has been the center of both national and international debate.  International agencies including Amnesty International have expressed concern about this incident and the world's media outlets have sent observers to witness the human rights implications of the shooting and its aftermath. 

 

Relevant to the central mission of AAAED, we note that the Ferguson Police Department has 50 white police officers and three or four African American officers in a city whose population is 67 percent African American.  While some may assert that African Americans in this geographic area are not interested in opportunities with this police department, our organization's 40 years of experience and our nation's employment practice changes demonstrate otherwise in countless employment diversification initiatives in the public, private and governmental sectors.  People of color will, and do, apply for jobs when the opportunities are real and they are genuinely wanted as applicants and workers.

 

We are reminded of the W. E. B. Du Bois quote:  "...the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line."  And so we note this problem continues, unabated and with more scrutiny as to the nature and systemization of the "color line", in our 21st century.

 

We know that representational diversity in all elements of U.S. society, in particular diversifying schools and the workforce, does break down barriers as well as stereotypes.  Breaking down barriers and stereotypes are foundational elements to undoing systematized racism and discrimination.

 

We urge the Ferguson, MO police department, and police departments nationwide at the town, city, county, state and national levels, to take positive, affirmative, action-oriented steps to increase diversity in their departmental workforces and provide training for the necessary interpersonal and intercultural skill building necessary to dismantle systematized barriers and stereotypes in order to serve their communities.  We call on these agencies to make use of the skills of Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity specialists, including those who are members of AAAED, to guide them in achieving a diverse workforce with nuanced community and cultural understanding skills.

 

We also urge the Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act, which we have called for in the past.  We know that legislation can be a catalyst for positive societal change. And change we must as a society to finally address the ongoing "problem of the color line".

 

 

 

For more information, go to AAAED Website

 

 

 


 

 

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About The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED)

Founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), AAAED is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of equal opportunity, compliance and diversity. AAAED has 40 years of leadership in providing professional training to members, enabling them to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action and other equal opportunity and related laws and regulations to enhance the tenets of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.

 

 

Media Contact
Shirley J. Wilcher
Executive Director 
Phone: 240-893-9475
Email address: execdir@aaaed.org

Rape Remarks Undo a President


The president of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania is out of a job less than two weeks after he became widely known for making inflammatory suggestions about female students on his campus.

The university’s Board of Trustees announced Monday morning it had accepted the resignation of Robert R. Jennings, the 13th president of Lincoln, one of the nation’s oldest historically black colleges. In comments that drew national attention in mid-November, Jennings suggested several female students who made rape allegations were never raped, and questioned their motives.


Please read more here https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/11/25/lincoln-u-pa-president-criticized-rape-remarks-out-his-job