The EOAA liaison program is essential to implementing the University’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policies. The EOAA liaison is appointed to a two-year term by the head of the unit. Essentially, the EOAA liaison has five key responsibilities:
- Primary unit resource: The liaison serves as the primary unit resource on EOAA issues within the unit. This includes communications and outreach to the faculty, staff and students in the unit about EOAA services within the unit and centrally. It also includes taking initiative to ensure compliance with University policies within the unit.
- Searches and hiring decisions: The liaison advises hiring authorities and search committees about the importance of equity and diversity in the search process and the responsibility to review affirmative action goals in the process.
- Complaints of discrimination or harassment: The liaison is often the first individual to respond to complaints or concerns about discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and nepotism. The liaison works with the EOAA Office to respond promptly and appropriately to complaints.
- Education: The liaison participates in educational updates and works with the central EOAA office to provide appropriate educational programming within the unit. This includes educational efforts to improve the climate for diversity in the unit.
- New initiatives: The liaison supports leadership in developing new initiatives and programs—such as recruiting or mentoring programs—that are customized for effectiveness within that unit.