Affirmative Action

The University of Kansas Medical Center recognizes that cultural and intellectual diversity are critical to enriching the work and educational experiences necessary to cultivate a premier learning community. KU Medical Center is committed to taking specific, results-oriented steps to increase the number of historically underrepresented persons, as well as individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, and to increase overall diversity, within the KU Medical Center community. Thus, it is the goal of KU Medical Center to identify, recruit and retain a highly qualified, talented, and diverse workforce.

Affirmative Action Laws
Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity. It also requires federal contractors to take affirmative action in the employment of women and minorities.

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against individuals with disabilities and requires contractors to take affirmative action to hire and promote individuals with disabilities. The 2013 amendments to Section 503 also require contractors to invite applicants and new hires to self-identify as an individual with a disability.  Additionally, current employees can update their disability status at anytime by completing the self-disclosure form to the right and submitting it to Human Resources. 

The Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against an individual based on their veteran status and requires contractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance covered veterans. The 2013 amendments also require contractors to invite applicants and new hires to self-identify as a protected veteran. Additionally, current employees can update their veteran status at anytime by completing the self-disclosure form to the right and submitting it to Human Resources. 

What is Affirmative Action?
Affirmative Action is the ongoing, good faith effort of an employer to make sure that equal employment opportunities are a reality in the workforce. The goal of affirmative action is the inclusion in the workforce of groups in our society that have previously been excluded and/or are currently under-represented. While affirmative action efforts are a legal obligation, KU Medical Center also strives to increase the diversity of its employees in order to foster creativity and innovation through the inclusion of varied backgrounds, experiences, opinions and ideas.

 Recruitment and Hiring
Hiring administrators and search committee members are encouraged to review the Recruiting Guide prior to initiating the search process.  The Recruiting Guide provides steps for conducting recruitment in accordance with the University's committments to providing equal opportunities and attracting a diverse workforce. 

Other Resources

University NonDiscrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy
Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet
Recruiting Guide
DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last modified: Jan 12, 2017
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