Employment Equity at UVa
The University of Virginia and its Board of Visitors support equal employment and affirmative action in hiring decisions, and the President affirms this commitment in seeking to achieve diversity among the staff. In order to further the effective practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in recruiting and hiring initiatives, the University has adopted specific recruitment and hiring procedures.
As a federal contractor, the University of Virginia is required to engage in affirmative outreach and other efforts to broaden the pool of qualified applicants to include groups previously excluded from consideration. Equal employment opportunity ensures individuals the right to be treated on a non-discriminatory basis. Affirmative action is a set of positive steps the employer uses to promote access and opportunity, and to eliminate discrimination. Unlike equal opportunity, affirmative action is a proactive concept that implies aggressive, vigorous, and systematic activities to achieve equality and equity for all.