Affirmative Action in Recruiting

Employers seek a diverse workforce and may ask faculty and staff for help in accomplishing tasks associated with minority recruiting efforts.  Once EEO compliance is accomplished by posting employment opportunities in CyHire, it is appropriate to take extra steps to inform members of protected groups about the opportunities, especially in areas where minorities are underrepresented.

While it is lawful and ethical to assist employers in reaching out to minority groups, it is inappropriate to identify only those individuals known to be members of a specific group.  ISU faculty and staff have an obligation to provide a “fair” (open and inclusive) system, where all students have access to information about career opportunities.  The goal of affirmative action is to enlarge the candidate pool – not to limit it to a specific group or individual.

Suggested Action: If a request for assistance connecting with minority candidates is received, ask the employer to first post the employment opportunity in CyHire.  Direct them to Engineering Career Services if they need assistance, or forward the request to ECS and we will contact the employer.  Once the opportunity is posted in CyHire, it can be posted on bulletin boards and announced to classes and minority student organizations.