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What is the function of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity?

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity works to clarify diversity issues, and to balance, negotiate and dissipate myths surrounding all aspects of diversity, equal opportunity and Affirmative Action. The Office is responsible to coordinating and monitoring ODU Affirmative Action Plans, and advising, reporting and implementing all matters related to compliance with federal, state, and university equal opportunity and affirmative action legislation, rules, regulations, and policies.

Where is the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity located?

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
1301 William B. Spong Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529-0291

What does “Equal Opportunity” mean?

Equal Opportunity is a term used to describe policies that prohibit specific forms of discrimination. "It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information."

What is Affirmative Action?

Affirmative Action is a term used to describe special efforts to recruit and employ groups (minorities and women) who may have been discriminated against in the past. Affirmative action is designed to correct underutilization of qualified women and minorities; it is not designed to prefer them to the exclusion of other groups.

Are minorities and women the only individuals that qualify for Affirmative Action?

No. Affirmative Action should not be confused with "reverse discrimination." Discrimination based on protected factors, such as race and sex is illegal. Affirmative Action strategies are used to recruit and select qualified individuals from an underutilized applicant pool. For instance, Affirmative Action may be used to hire a qualified white male, if an employer finds that white males are underutilized in his or her department. Indeed, any form of discrimination is an abuse of Affirmative Action and conflicts with the intent of the program.