Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Message by Teresa Maria Linda Scholz, Vice President of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Presentation

NMSU's Commitment to Affirmative Action

Goal 6:  Build, Elevate, and Strengthen Sustainable Systemwide Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Practices

New Mexico State University (NMSU) aims to advance Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (EID) across the NMSU system as a foundation for institutional excellence. Establishing a foundation and scaling a sustainable structure will promote shared responsibility and draw on the assets NMSU students bring to the institution. Thecommitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity of and for students, faculty, and staff has a positive impact on retention and graduation, teaching, service, research, and Extension.

Purpose of an Affirmative Action Program:

An affirmative action program is a management tool designed to ensure equal employment opportunity. A central premise underlying affirmative action is that, absent discrimination, over time a contractor's workforce, generally, will reflect the gender, racial and ethnic profile of the labor pools from which the contractor recruits and selects. Affirmative action programs contain a diagnostic component which includes a number of quantitative analyses designed to evaluate the composition of the workforce of the contractor and compare it to the composition of the relevant labor pools. Affirmative action programs also include action-oriented programs. If women and minorities are not being employed at a rate to be expected given their availability in the relevant labor pool, the contractor's affirmative action program includes specific practical steps designed to address this underutilization. Effective affirmative action programs also include internal auditing and reporting systems as a means of measuring the contractor's progress toward achieving the workforce that would be expected in the absence of discrimination.

Is equal employment oppotunity the same as affirmative action?

Equal employment opportunity (EEO) means freedom from discrimination on the basis of protected classes such as race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability or genetic information. EEO rights are guaranteed by federal and state fair employment laws and are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and its state counterparts. 

Affirmative action plans (AAPs) define an employer's standard for proactively recruiting, hiring and promoting women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans. Affirmative action is deemed a moral and social obligation to amend historical wrongs and eliminate the present effects of past discrimination. 

"EEO is giving everyone the same opportunity to thrive, while affirmative action is actively supporting those who’ve been consistently deprived of fair and equal treatment." ~ Resources for Employers