Records of the Office of Equal Opportunity
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.
- Majority of material found within 2000-2004
- Colorado State University. Office of Equal Opportunity (Organization)
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.
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.
4.5 linear feet (3 record cartons)
Language of Materials
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.
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
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.
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 was completed in February 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.
Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed.
- Guide to the Records of the Office of Equal Opportunity
- Edited Full Draft
- Prepared by Karen Spilman
- Copyright 2015
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- Finding aid written in English.
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Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA