Affirmative Action

The University of California, Riverside is a federal contractor and complies with all affirmative action regulations enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The purpose of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the Federal government. As such, we take affirmative action to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities and covered veterans.

The UCR Equal Employment and Affirmative Action department is responsible for ensuring compliance with affirmative action regulations. We do this through:

  • the creation of annual affirmative action plans;
  • the creation and monitoring of policies and guidelines;
  • internal review of personnel actions (hiring, promotions, separations, compensation);
  • training and consultation.

A copy of our staff and/or faculty affirmative action plan is available to view in our offices 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Monday – Friday. Please call (951) 827-5605 or email us at to schedule an appointment.

AA Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Affirmative Action?

    Affirmative action are the policies, practices and procedures that the University implements to ensure that all qualified applicants and employees are receiving an equal opportunity for recruitment, selection, advancement and every other term and privilege associated with employment.

  • What is an Affirmative Action Program?

    An affirmative action program is a management tool designed to ensure equal employment opportunity. Affirmative action programs contain a diagnostic component which includes a number of quantitative analyses designed to evaluate the composition of the University’s workforce and compare it to the composition of the relevant labor pools. An Affirmative Action Program may also be called an Affirmative Action Plan or AAP.  

  • Why does the University have to develop and implement an Affirmative Action Program?

    As a federal contractor, the University of California, Riverside is responsible for complying with federal regulations to take affirmative action and not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. Specifically, the University is responsible for complying with Executive Order 1126, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 38 USC 4212 - Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act which require the University to develop and implement an Affirmative Action Program.

  • What are placement goals?

    Placement goals serve as objectives or targets reasonably attainable by means of applying good faith efforts to make all aspects of the entire affirmative action program work. Placement goals are not quotas, as quotas are expressly prohibited by state and federal law and University policy, nor are they to be considered as either a ceiling or a floor for the employment of a particular group. Placement Goals are used to measure progress toward achieving equal employment opportunity.

  • Doesn’t Proposition 209, also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative or CCRI, prohibit affirmative action; why then is the University required to implement Affirmative Action Programs?

    Proposition 209, passed by California voters in November 1996, amended the California Constitution by prohibiting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

    Proposition 209 does not conflict with the affirmative action regulations contained in 41 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 60. The regulations prohibit the University from extending a preference or preferential treatment to any individual, select an individual, or adversely affect an individual's employment status, on the basis of that person's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

  • As a manager and supervisor, what are my responsibilities to comply with the University’s affirmative action policies?

    The University’s managers and supervisors are responsible for maintaining a hospitable work environment free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. They are responsible for reviewing all personnel activities for potential differential impacts on different groups and unintentional bias in such personnel actions as selection, salary increases, promotion, reclassification, layoff, corrective action, training and termination. They are also responsible for applying policies and standards consistently and having legitimate reasons for all employment decisions.

    Additionally, managers and supervisors who desire to serve on a selection committee must, at a minimum, complete one of the learning activities listed below before serving on the committee:

    • Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Essentials
    • Recruitment Advertising & Affirmative Action webinar
    • MEI: Diversify and Train the Search Committee tutorial
    • Applicant Pool Statistics & Creating Diverse Applicant Pools
    • Equal Employment, Affirmative Action and the Academic Hiring Process

    For more information about these and other training offerings, please visit EEAA Training.

  • As University faculty and staff, how do I update my race, ethnicity, gender, disability status or veteran status?

    An employee can update self-identification of race/ethnic group(s), veteran status and disability status via the UCPath Self Service Portal under the “Personal Information” tab. Gender information cannot be updated in UCPath by an employee. If gender needs to be updated, an inquiry should be submitted to the UCPath Center either by the employee or on behalf of the employee via the UCPath Portal.