Affirmative Action is a program created by the Federal government in 1964. It is designed to remedy past discrimination in employment and eliminate current and future race and gender discrimination. Affirmative Action at the University of Utah promotes race and gender diversity in employment by recruiting women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans into the applicant pools. Affirmative Action requires vigorous recruitment and outreach efforts to ensure equal opportunity through a broad pool of applicants
Affirmative Action at the University of Utah does not give people an advantage in getting hired or promoted. There are no “hiring quotas” and no special treatment is given unrelated to job qualifications. Only the best person for the job should be hired or promoted. These decisions should never be based on someone’s status based on gender or race and all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications for the position.