What is affirmative action?

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to achieving full equal opportunity and affirmative action for all applicants and employees. Equal opportunity ensures all qualified applicants and employees are treated fairly and not discriminated against with regard to the individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy.

Affirmative action is a federal legal requirement for employers who are federal contractors, including the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, to take intentional steps to outreach to women, members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities with respect to employment opportunities.  Affirmative action is a part of the way CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus regularly conducts its business and complements the philosophy and belief that diversity enriches the educational and employment experience for all faculty, staff, and students.

What does CU Denver | Anschutz do in furtherance of its affirmative action obligations?

Each year, the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is required to create an Affirmative Action Plan, which identifies areas where women, racial minorities, protected veterans, and people with disabilities are underrepresented within our workforce.  Underrepresentation is determined by comparing our workforce to the pools from which we recruit and hire employees.  We are required to make good faith efforts to reduce underrepresentation by developing Action Oriented Programming designed to increase outreach to members of the underrepresented communities, to document the programs we develop, and to evaluate the success of those programs.  The Office of Equity works with Human Resources; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and various schools, colleges, departments, and units across both campuses in developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate Action Oriented Programming.

Who is the Affirmative Action Officer?

Lauren Fontana serves as the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus’s ADA & Affirmative Action Compliance Coordinator.  You can reach her by email at lauren.fontana@ucdenver.edu, or by phone at (303) 315-0197.  Lauren was recently featured in CU Denver Today profile.

How can I participate in my campus’s affirmative action efforts?

Individual Employees

The most important way employees can assist the University in meeting its affirmative action obligations is by providing accurate demographic data.  The utility of our Affirmative Action Plans depends upon applicants’ and employees’ self-identification as members of protected classes.  Without accurate demographic data, it is difficult for us to accurately identify areas of underrepresentation within our workforce.  Each employee can update their race, veteran status, and disability status information from within UCDAccess.  To update this information, click on “My Info” and “Employee Profile” from the UCDAccess home page.  Race information can be updated by clicking on “Ethnic Groups” and editing any incorrect information.  Veteran status and disability status information can likewise be updated by clicking on “Veteran Status” and “Disability,” respectively.  Employees can verify that the demographic information on file regarding their sex is accurate by clicking on “Additional Information.”  If an employee’s demographic information regarding sex is missing or incorrect, they can contact Human Resources at (303) 315-2700 or Human.Resources@ucdenver.edu.

Individual employees can also participate in the Affirmative Action Plan by distributing open job postings to their own academic, professional, and personal networks to expand the reach of the University’s recruitment efforts.

Search Committees & School, College, Department, or Unit Leadership

Search committees and leadership within a school, college, department, or unit are crucial players in implementing the Affirmative Action Plan, and the Office of Equity will provide assistance during any recruiting or hiring process.

If you are currently involved in recruiting or hiring and would like affirmative action information specific to your process, please contact the Office of Equity at (303) 315-2567 or equity@ucdenver.edu to set up a time to discuss your situation.

If you have done any outreach to underrepresented communities in the recruiting and hiring process, please complete this form: https://ucdenverdata.formstack.com/forms/aaoutreach.

Where can I find information about my campus’s Affirmative Action Plan?

The Affirmative Action Plan for each campus is available for inspection by any employees or applicants for employment in the Office of Equity, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  To schedule a time to review the Plan, please contact the Office of Equity at (303) 315-2567 or equity@ucdenver.edu.

In addition, the Executive Summaries for current and past plans are available by clicking below:

2018 Denver AAP Summary

2018 Anschutz Medical Campus AAP Summary

2017 Denver AAP Summary

2017 Anschutz Medical Campus AAP Summary

2016 Denver & Anschutz Combined AAP Executive Summary