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Affirmative Action Program

3. Chancellor’s Letter of Proclamation

Spring 2014

Each year UHS reaffirms its commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. UHS is committed to the concept of equal employment opportunity as a necessary element of an employment process based on job-related factors and without regard to their protected status which includes their race, color, sex, genetic information, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Further, the University of Houston System forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Discrimination against any individual in any of these protected classifications with regard to recruitment, appointment, benefits, training, promotion, retention, discipline, termination or any other aspect of the terms, conditions and/or privileges of employment is prohibited.

UHS assumes a positive stance in its commitment to develop a workforce that reflects the relevant labor market. The UHS’ Affirmative Action Program is an important tool in achieving that goal. It identifies areas in which UHS’ workforce may be insufficiently diverse with respect to the available pool of talent and provides an impetus for a program that will address those imbalances.

I call upon each member of the UHS community to make decisions that ensure compliance with all federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and UHS policies as it pertains to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. It is through these objectives that we build on each other’s diverse values, perspectives, and experiences, and thereby continue to grow and prosper as a Tier One institution.

The UHS’ Office of Equal Opportunity Services is charged with administering UHS’ Affirmative Action Program and with educating the campus community on all matters relating to its antidiscrimination efforts.  That office has also established procedures to investigate and resolve complaints concerning prohibited discrimination. Questions regarding our policies, procedures or this Program may be addressed to Dr. Richard Anthony Baker, Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Office of Equal Opportunity Services.

Renu Khator
Chancellor
University of Houston System