The OEEO Mission - September 2022

Affirmative Action Plan Meetings with Miami Vice Presidents

The Office of Equity & Equal Opportunity (OEEO) is responsible for compiling the university’s affirmative action plan. In the spring of 2019, the OEEO began meeting with Vice Presidents to present affirmative action plan data associated with their respective areas. This summer, the OEEO met with Vice Presidents that they did not get the opportunity to meet with in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The OEEO appreciates each of the Vice Presidents meeting with us and the opportunity to assist each division in advancing inclusive excellence.

Updates to Faculty Search Committee Approvals & Training

In an effort to better streamline the processes for faculty search committee approvals and training, the OEEO, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, implemented three major changes for Fiscal Year 2023:

  • Faculty search committee approvals must be made through a Formstack Form for Search Committee Approvals. Approvals typically take one-two business days to be approved. The form also includes a question regarding the diverse composition of the search committee.
  • Dates and times for faculty search committee training sessions are now pre-scheduled. Attendees can register for any session that fits within their schedules. One training session per week will be held from July through November which is the busiest, and typical, time that search committees begin their search processes. However, training dates are available throughout the calendar year. The training dates can be found on the OEEO Website for Search Committee Approvals and Training Dates.
  • Faculty search committee trainings are all being conducted remotely via Zoom unless there is a need or request for in-person training.

Veterans 4212 Report

Each September, federal contractors with a contract of $150,000 or more with the government must submit the VETS 4212 report, which includes the number of protected veterans that were hired within defined job categories during the previous 12 months. Protected veterans includes the following: (1) disabled veterans; (2) recently separated veterans; (3) active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans; and (4) Armed Forces service medal veterans. The information used for the VETS-4212 report is based on the “Voluntary Self-Identification of Veteran Status” form that is located in the Personal Information section of BannerWeb and can be updated at any time.

Changes in the Investigator Position in OEEO

This summer, the former Associate Director for Investigations, Collin Baer, departed Miami to pursue other career opportunities. Collin's contributions to Miami and the OEEO team are missed and we wish him well in his future endeavors. Since then, the OEEO office began a thorough search for a qualified candidate to fill this important role. After interviewing multiple candidates, we are excited to announce the new Assistant Director for Investigations will begin in mid-October. We will introduce you to this person in the next edition of the OEEO Mission newsletter.   

Student Worker, Adeline Hatfield, Summer Updates

The OEEO is delighted to welcome back student worker Adeline Hatfield for a second year. Over the summer Adeline interned at Project GRAD Akron, a non-profit educational reform organization dedicated to supporting students from kindergarten through college. She had the opportunity to facilitate summer programming for incoming kindergartners and rising 8th and 9th grade students.

Vector Solutions - Miami's New Vendor for Harassment, Discrimination, Bias, and Diversity New Employee Training

Last year, a company by the name of Vector Solutions purchased the former company who Miami partnered with to host the new employee harassment, discrimination, bias, and diversity online training. The OEEO is currently in the process of transitioning from the former platform to the new Vector Solutions platform. Aside from the different interface, the new employee experience will remain virtually unchanged. 

OEEO Report It Badge


Please remember that all University employees who become aware of alleged discrimination or harassment must REPORT IT in order to promote a University environment free from discrimination and harassment and to promote equal employment opportunity. Retaliation must also be reported.