Tuesday, December 5, 2006
The Department of Labor last month awarded Texas A&M the Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Award for its efforts to promote equal employment opportunities and enhance diversity. This is the first time the award has been won by an institution of higher education.
Texas A&M won the award based on fourteen different eeo/diversity programs the University has promoted. These programs included hosting a symposium on e.e.o. in higher education, creating a vice president and provost for diversity, creating a Department of Multicultural Services, emphasizing diversity in the process of hiring faculty and staff, and creating affinity groups to provide support to people with diverse backgrounds. A description of all fourteen programs can be found in Texas A&M's nomination document.