Records of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (formerly Affirmative Action)
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Scope and Content
The records of the University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (former the Office of Affirmative Action) are comprised of brochures, conference materials, correspondence, federal guidelines, magazine and newspaper clippings, official university assessments and reports, pamphlets, and training guides.
The collection is divided into two subcategories: Records pertaining to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues, and records concerning African Americans, women and other groups.
The records provide significant insight and information about the struggle for equality at the University of Iowa for female, LGBT, and minority faculty, staff, and students.
In 1965, the federal government adopted Executive Order 11246, which ensured nondiscrimination against certain groups of individuals in the implementation of federal contracts. Consequently, all universities and colleges across the United States that received any type of financial support from the federal government had to comply with this new law. Executive Order 11246 was particularly concerned with protecting the equality and rights of those with disabilities, minorities, and women.
In response, the University of Iowa established the Office of Affirmative Action in 1972. The Office encouraged the hiring of members of these aforementioned groups for the sake of diversity and compliance with the executive order.
In 1985, the University of Iowa's Human Rights Policy was passed which prohibited discrimination against bisexuals, gays, transgendered individuals, and lesbians. Records in this collection reflect the University's response to enactment of this policy.Renamed the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity in 2003, its obligations have expanded to include protecting the rights of those subjected to sexual assault or harassment.
Organizations and Clubs Vertical Files, Afro-American Student Association folder (RG 01.15.04)
----. Women’s Liberation Front folder (RG 01.15.04)
----. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Union (GLBTAU) folder (RG 01.15.04)
Subject Vertical Files, Administration Category, Discrimination folder (RG 01.15.05)
----. Business Category, Affirmative Action folder (RG 01.15.05)
----. Law Category, Women folder (RG 01.15.05)
----. Medicine, Women Physicians folder (RG 01.15.05)
----. Miscellaneous Category, Black Students folder (RG. 01.15.05)
----. Miscellaneous Category, GLBT: Safe Zone Project folder (RG 01.15.05)
----. Miscellaneous Category, Hate Crimes folder (RG 01.15.05)
Box Contents List
Anti-LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] Groups/Materials, 1995
Assault on Gay America: Campus Outreach Kit/GLSEN Materials, 2000-2002
Boy Scouts of America Anti-Gay Controversy, 2000-2001
External LGBT Conferences / Groups, 1994-1999
GLBTQ [Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning] Youth Services Committee, 1998-2000
LGBT Educational Courses / Seminars, 1993-2000
LGBT General Correspondence, 1991-2003
LGBT History and Issues at the University of Iowa, 1990-1996
LGBT Literature, 1988-2001
LGBT Magazine / Newspaper Articles, 1991-1998
LGBT Miscellaneous, 1992-1997
LGBT Public Materials, 1992-2003
LGBT Referral Line, 1996-2000
LGBT and Supportive Religious Organizations, n.d.
LGBT University Surveys About Homophobia, 1991-1993
Matthew Shepard Scholarship / Rainbow Scholarship, 2000-2003
Office of Affirmative Action Self-Evaluation of LGBT Activities, 1997-1999
Other LGBT Graduation Ceremonies / Scholarships, 1998-2001
Other Safe Zone Programs, 1997-1999
Rainbow Graduation Materials, 1999-2004
Rainbow Project Recommendations / Reports, 1996
Rainbow Project Task Force Correspondence, 1996-1998
Rainbow Project Task Force Minutes, 1996
Safe Zone Correspondence / Notes, 1998-2003
Safe Zone Evaluation / Response Forms, 1998-2003
Safe Zone Guides / Materials, 1998-2000
Safe Zone Powerpoint / Slide Presentations, n.d.
Safe Zone Training Participant Contact Information, 1998-2001
Same-Sex Domestic Partners Benefits / Surveys, 1992-1997
Same-Sex Parents, 1995
Ten Percent Handbook, 1992
Understanding Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues: An Introductory Workshop, 1993
Ad Hoc Review Committee of the Women’s Resource and Action Center, 1986-1996
Affirmative Action and Diversity in Skilled Trades, 1995-1998
Affirmative Action and Diversity in Skilled Trades Task Force, 1992-1998
Affirmative Action General Correspondence, 1991-2003
Affirmative Action Magazine / Newspaper Articles, 1972-2002
Affirmative Action Miscellaneous, 1970-2003
Affirmative Action Recruitment Manuals, 1972-1986
Affirmative Action Task Force Correspondence / Minutes, 1972-1974
Annual Affirmative Action Plan and Report of Activity, 1972-1976
Annual Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Workforce Reports, 1970-1972
----. 1972 (two folders)
Catalyst Awards, 2002-2008
City of Iowa City Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and Affirmative Action Program, 1972
Diversity / Racial Awareness Materials, 1987-2001
External Programs Concerning Diversity, 1998-2003
Faculty / Staff Educational Programs, 1994-1998
Female Empowerment and Equality in the Job Market, 1971-2002
Louis Calabro, 1999-2000
Minority Correspondence / Materials, 2000-2002
Multicultural Medicine Task Force, 1997-1999
Pierre Pierce Case, 2002-2003
Racial Profiling, 2002
Sexual Harassment Correspondence / Materials, 1983-2002
Students with Disabilities Correspondence / Materials, 1995-2002
Timothy Jacob Wise Biography / Information, 1995-2003
U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Higher Education Guidelines, 1972-1973
White Privilege Conferences, 2001-2002