Affirmative Action encourages equity in the workplace through planning and implementation of guidelines and practices designed to end exclusion of women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.  Each year, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access prepares an Affirmative Action Plan to analyze the OSU workforce.

Oregon State University’s annual Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) (1) prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, and mental or physical disability; and (2) establishes a commitment to employ women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans. 

OSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Access analyzes the OSU workforce each year to evaluate whether we are employing women and people of color (Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, Native American/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander) at the expected rates given the demographics of the qualified labor pool.  To do this, regular positions are clustered into job groups, then the demographics of each job group are compared to the demographics of the qualified labor pools from which we hire for that job group. When there is a significant gap between our employment rate for women or people of color and their availability in the qualified population, the university establishes a recruitment goal.  This means that OSU commits to making extra efforts to recruit qualified members of the missing group to its applicant pools, and reviews each search to ensure fairness.

Additionally, the office evaluates the rates at which we hire & employ veterans & individuals with disabilities.  In these cases benchmarks have been established that are common to all job groups. Where we fall short, additional recruitment methods are employed.

Affirmative Action Plan FAQs

You can review the full plan at the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access during regular business hours.