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Records of the Office of Equal Opportunity

 Collection
Identifier: UEOD

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Office of Equal Opportunity consists of documents dated 1994 to 2005, with the bulk falling from 2000 to 2004. The collection documents the efforts of Colorado State University to plan and establish policies and procedures regarding affirmative action, student and staff diversity, and equal employment practices. Materials include administrative files from former Vice Provosts of Faculty Affairs, reports and surveys, student, faculty, and staff committee meeting notes, and articles on diversity.

Dates

  • 1994-2005
  • Majority of material found within 2000-2004

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored off-site, so advance notice is required.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

History

In response to various actions of student unrest in the late 1960s, Colorado State University established an institutional Affirmative Action Plan in 1971 with the focus of handling issues of discrimination on campus. In 1974, the name was changed to Equal Opportunity, and a full-time director was hired to administer the plan. The Office of Equal Opportunity (previously known as the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity) was charged with promoting diversity though implementation of affirmative action goals.

Although the office had been established, diversity among both the student body and staff at CSU was lacking. In November 1988, the Faculty Council adopted new goals to increase diversity among students, staff, and faculty. These goals were later added to the university's vision statement to better align CSU to the multicultural population of Colorado. By 1990, a planning process was launched to recruit and retain underrepresented groups at CSU -- women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.

In January 2010, University President Tony Frank created the position of Vice President for Diversity. This position was separate from the Office of Equal Opportunity, moving the focus of diversity away from the office, and redirecting its mission to compliance with university personnel policies.

Historical information taken from Democracy's University: A History of Colorado State University, 1970-2003, by James E. Hansen II, 2007.

Extent

4.5 linear feet (3 record cartons)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Records of the Office of Equal Opportunity documents the efforts of Colorado State University to plan and establish policies and procedures regarding affirmative action, student and staff diversity, and equal employment practices. Materials include meeting minutes, reports, surveys, planning documents, and publications.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 4 series in 3 record cartons:

Series 1: Committees, groups, and administrative files, 1994-2004

Series 2: Events, 1996-2005

Series 3: Reports and surveys, 1996-2003 and undated

Series 4: Articles and publications, 1995-1998 and 2002-2004

Custodial History

Materials were gathered from Robert Gaines, former Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Alan Tucker, former Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Loren Crabtree, former Provost and Academic Vice President.

Acquisition

The Records of the Office of Equal Opportunity was transferred to University Archives by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity on October 26, 2007.

Processing

Processing was completed in February 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.

Title
Guide to the Records of the Office of Equal Opportunity
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Date
Copyright 2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844