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The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA), provides programming and services for faculty, staff, students, and management to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding.

EOAA also provides training and consultation on achieving and supporting diversity in the workplace, on Americans with Disabilities Act issues, and on preventing and resolving discrimination and discriminatory harassment.

Our Mission

In keeping with the long-standing traditions of the college, Vassar is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. This commitment extends beyond mere compliance with the law and requires a strong program of equal opportunity and affirmative action in virtually all aspects of college life.  The mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action is to provide clear leadership and support on matters relating to equity, diversity, respect, and inclusiveness for all members of the Vassar College community.

EOAA oversees, facilitates and supports the college’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

To fulfill our mission, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action provides:

  • Information, consultation, training and resources to the Vassar College community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters
  • Individual consultation with Vassar College, staff, faculty, students, and administrators
  • A mechanism for responding to complaints of harassment and discrimination
  • Oversight of and support for the college’s compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, and compliance with all applicable state and federal civil rights laws