Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The U.S. Census Bureau has released its annual reporton income and poverty in the United States. According to data in the report, the median income for women who worked full-time, all year-round in 2013 was $39,157. For men who worked full-time, all year-round the median income was $50,033. Thus, women earned 78 cents for every dollar earned by men.
The gender gap in income is wider for families. In 2013, the median income for married-couple families in the United States was $76,509. For single-parent families where a man was the head of the household, the median income was $50,625. For single-parent families where a woman was the head of the household, the median income was $35,154.
Read more here http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/demo/p60-249.pdf
The University of Pennsylvania is committed to maintaining a diverse, respectful and safe campus environment for all members of our community. The Principles of Responsible Conduct outline the expectations articulated in a variety of University policies, including those related to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. The Principles of Responsible Conduct may be found at www.upenn.edu/audit/oacp_principles.htm or by contacting the Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy. In addition to reminding us of our rights and responsibilities, our policies describe the resources available for information, support, and addressing concerns and complaints. The Offices of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Staff and Labor Relations in the Division of Human Resources and the Vice Provost for Faculty are among those available to respond to questions or provide additional information.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Our community depends on trust and civility. A willingness to recognize the dignity and worth of each person at the University is essential to our mission.
It is the responsibility of each person on campus to respect the personal dignity of others. We expect members of our University community to demonstrate a basic generosity of spirit that precludes expressions of bigotry.
Penn properly celebrates the diversity of its community. We come to Penn from many different backgrounds and include different races, religions, sexual orientations and ethnic ancestries. Learning to understand the differences among us, as well as the similarities, is an important dimension of education, one that continues for a lifetime. Tolerance alone, however, is not enough. Respect and understanding also are needed. We should delight in our differences, and should seek to appreciate the richness and personal growth which our diversity provides to us as members of this community.
The University is committed to freedom of thought, discourse and speech and the attainment of the highest quality of academic and educational pursuits and daily work. Policies and regulations implementing this commitment include the Statement on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, the Guidelines on Open Expression and the Code of Academic Integrity.
The University also has established policies on behaviors that interfere with these freedoms. Foremost among these policies is the University’s Statement on Non-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual preference, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap or disability.
The University also has adopted the following policy concerning sexual harassment. The terms “harassment” and “sexual harassment” as used throughout are defined as a matter of University policy and are not necessarily identical or limited to the uses of that term in external sources, including governmental guidelines or regulations.- See more at: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v61/n07/sexual-harassment-policy.html#sthash.cDLZRaBf.dpuf
By Ahmed Younies
President and CEO
HR Unlimited, Inc.
A. Civil rights unrest flashback:
Ahmed Younies is Region IX Director and Member of the AAAED Board of Directors
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The EEOC filed a pattern-or-practice lawsuit against PMT Corporation, alleging that the company maintained a hiring system that discriminated against female and older applicants for sales positions. Specifically, the EEOC claimed that of the 70 sales representatives PMT hired between January 1, 2007, and October 27, 2010, none were female or over the age of 40.
Friday, September 19, 2014
The Obama administration is launching a big new offensive: Combating sexual assault on college campuses.
On Friday, the White House launches "It's On Us" -- a campaign aimed at tackling the problem plaguing universities across the country.
Read more here http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/19/politics/obama-combating-campus-sexual-assault/index.html#
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Millennials may frequently take more liberal stances on issues than their parents, but when it comes to affirmative action, this may not always be the case.
A survey conducted by MTV asked 3,000 Millennials ages 14 to 24 their thoughts on race-related issues, including affirmative action for college acceptance, in May. And what it found was seemingly paradoxical: 90 percent of Millennials surveyed “believe that everyone should be treated the same regardless of race,” yet 88 percent opposed affirmative action.
Thomas Greneker, a senior University of Georgia biology major from Valdosta, said it’s a “tricky debate” because diversity is so important. However, he said he does not think affirmative action is the fairest route to take when creating a diverse community.
“It’s not an equal approach in a push for equality,” Greneker said.
Read more here http://m.redandblack.com/uganews/study-reveals-millennials-oppose-affirmative-action/article_954d2dda-3d06-11e4-a73f-0017a43b2370.html
Monday, September 15, 2014
A new study by the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System finds that college women who have been victims of sexual assault are three times as likely as women on college campuses generally to be victims of sexual assault again.
Mount Holyoke College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution for women in South Hadley, Massachusetts, announced a new policy which will allow for the admission of any individual who self-identifies as a woman. The announcement was made by Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella at the college’s annual convocation.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
OFCCP announces sex discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity and transgender status
Monday, September 8, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
After Golden State voters approved changes in 2008 and 2010 to how voting districts are drawn, the state auditor set out to select candidates for the newly created California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Political affiliation drives selection of the first eight commissioners who then pick six more colleagues to reflect the state's diversity. There is no specific ratio or formula for the latter nominations.
Last month -- just in time for a new season of college football -- Kraft Foods released a new line of Jell-O molds in the shapes of various university logos. Four of the "jiggler mold kits" were unveiled last year, but products for 16 more teams have now been added, including the University of Alabama, Ohio State University, and the University of California at Los Angeles.
In a press release, Kraft said the kits are meant to be used in creating Jell-O treats for tailgate parties for alumni and fans. But some are concerned that the themed molds could be seen as university-endorsed invitations to create alcohol-laced "Jell-O shots" -- a mixed message for universities fighting to curb binge drinking among students.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The manual titled: "Sociocultural Determinants of Voting Patterns in Nigeria - Reference to Women's Participation and Representation," was expected to serve as guide towards ensuring increased participation of women in the political process.
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In June, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protects closely held corporations from being compelled by the Affordable Care Act to provide certain forms of contraceptive coverage to its employees, if such coverage violates the owners’ sincerely held religious beliefs. The following day, the Supreme Court issued rulings that suggested that the right not to provide contraceptive services extends beyond the specific methods at issue in the Hobby Lobbydecision. In the wake of these rulings, the question of whether employers will eliminate all contraceptive coverage from the insurance plans offered to their employees remains to be seen.
Read more here