Affirmative Action Plan

Overview

As a federal contractor, Western Washington University maintains and updates an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) each year. Leadership and deans/department chairs are provided annual updates to the University’s Affirmative Action Plan. Special efforts should be made to recruit qualified candidates who are representative of underutilized groups (e.g. minorities, women). Western's Affirmative Action is published annually and is available for review in the University library. A summary of AAP data is available on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website. 

What are Good Faith Efforts?

Good faith efforts outline steps that can be taken in the recruitment and hiring process to ensure a diverse pool of candidates are considered for positions and provides candidates equal opportunity to compete for jobs

Search committees should conduct proactive, targeted outreach whenever the position being filled falls into a job group in which women or people of color are underrepresented according to Western’s Affirmative Action Plan, as well as proactive outreach to veterans and people with disabilities in every search.

Search committees should include personnel who are committed to inclusive excellence. Units have a responsibility to ensure that personnel with diverse backgrounds and perspectives have an opportunity to serve on search committees.

Governmental Reporting Requirements

In order to meet federal and state affirmative action compliance requirements, the University must request information on the race/ethnicity, sex, disability, and veterans status of all applicants to a specific job.