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University OEO Bulletin : News and Articles
When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. While women hold nearly half of today's jobs, and these earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial well-being of their families, they are still experiencing a gap in pay compared to men's wages for similar work. Click here to learn more.
More-frequent training, guidelines for investigations, and consent decrees that force employers to identify and combat discrimination were among the suggestions from experts who testified at a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hearing on how to prevent harassment in the workplace. Click here to learn more.
Younger people are as likely to bail for a better opportunity as older ones are. Many mature employees are more interested in the challenge and the environment than in a rocket-to-the-stars career path. But age discrimination persists. There’s a solution to the age discrimination problem. Click here to learn more about the ways to secure yourself against age discrimination.
Awareness of 'Privilege' Can Improve Inclusion
Individuals without an apparent disability have something of which these people are probably not even aware: “non-disabled privilege”. Non-disabled privilege means that “the world accommodates and validates your way of moving and communicating” and that “you’re free to go anywhere without worrying about accessibility.” Click here for more information.
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has released a list of higher education institutions that are being investigated over the institutions' handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. The full list of institutions is mentioned in the article. Click here to gain more information.
Affirmative Action Opinion Raises Diversity Concerns in Higher Education
An April 2014 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may result in less diverse graduating classes from public universities in Michigan and other states that pass laws mandating race-blind admissions policies. Click here to learn more.
You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over a lifetime. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because the women choose lower-paying jobs? Click here to learn the facts and other related information.
Speak up when Offended at Work
Global diversity professionals say that, to create a workplace environment that prevents offensive language, it’s important to be aware of the differences in individuals' expressions and how these individuals tend to interact and communicate with colleagues. Click here to learn more about unintentional offenses and the lessons learned.
Three laws have had a dramatic effect on the way sexual assault claims are adjudicated on America’s campuses.
Click here to learn about the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Family Educational Rights and Family Act (FERPA) and the Clery Act.
Sexual harassment includes offensive or pervasive conduct in the workplace related to a person’s sex that negatively affects a reasonable person’s employment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is common in workplaces throughout the United States. Click here for further information.
Federal and state laws prohibit employers from asking certain interview questions that are not related to job hiring. Interviewers should not ask questions related to race, color, arrest records, disability or marital status.
Click here to access the guide to non-discriminatory interviewing.
What's Happening @ Iowa State University
Gender is a large part of our identity that is often defined by our psychological differences. Not surprisingly, those differences are reflected in many gender stereotypes – men rarely share their feelings, while women are more emotional – but an Iowa State University researcher says in reality men and women are more alike than we may think. Click here for more information.
President Leath said, "Iowa State has a fine reputation as a welcoming university, but we can always do better. We have a new training module that will help all of us understand what constitutes harassment and discrimination and what we can do to stop it." Click here to learn more.
Embracing the Diversity among Iowa State Students
An Iowa State associate professor, along with the help of a graduate student, is translating his lectures in Chinese, along with English, after he realized the international students were having a difficult time keeping up with class discussions and activities. Click on the link to view the video.