About Us

Welcome to EOAA!

The University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) was founded in 1972 to ensure that all University community members uphold federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, as well as University equal opportunity policies.

Vision

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action envisions a University community that is equitable – one that values the diversity of its workforce and student body and is free from discrimination and harassment.

Mission

With this vision in mind, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action is committed to offering a variety of services to ensure equal access to University of Minnesota employment, education, programs, and services. We advise individuals and departments about perceived, existing and potential discrimination, harassment, retaliation and potential violations of the policy against nepotism through consultation and investigation.  Our work involves the following:

Advocacy —ensuring that equal opportunity and affirmative action principles are embedded in all relevant University policies and procedures and demonstrated in practice.

Issue Identification – identifying existing or emerging equal opportunity and affirmative action issues, advising University leadership on policy interpretation, and analyzing and recommending action.

Education — providing University staff, faculty, and students with educational opportunities to increase understanding of diversity, discrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action policies and practices.

Discrimination Consultation and Investigation — advising individuals and departments on existing, perceived or potential discrimination and retaliation; resolving discrimination issues through formal and informal processes; addressing potential violations of the policy against nepotism.

Compliance — developing and disseminating affirmative action plans, and coordinating state and federal reporting and compliance reviews.

Adopted June 1999; revised October 2009, January 2012