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Affirmative Action

Saint Louis University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer committed to providing fair treatment of all in the SLU community on the basis of merit.

As a federal contractor, Saint Louis University is required to be an Affirmative Action employer. Affirmative Action is the implementation of special recruitment and development efforts to overcome the under-representation of targeted groups to achieve a balanced workforce. Targeted groups include persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans, and Vietnam era veterans. All persons are afforded equal opportunity. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and in all ways provide fair treatment on the basis of merit. The Affirmative Action Plan is available for viewing upon request in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is responsible for the administration of the University's equal opportunity and affirmative action policies, programs, and procedures. We work cooperatively with departments to provide training and information on unlawful discrimination and affirmative action issues to increase awareness of these issues throughout the University community and promote the full participation, well being, and equitable treatment of all students, faculty, and staff.

The office assists in the recruitment of faculty members by monitoring searches and working collaboratively with the search committees, departments, human resources and employment relations departments.

The Office provides recruitment information designed to diversify applicant pools and facilitated hiring opportunities for under represented groups.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The management of Saint Louis University views affirmative action and equal employment opportunity as a major policy commitment and as an important management goal.

Thus, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and in all ways provide fair treatment on the basis of the merit without regard to: race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age or veteran status.

All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with our Catholic, Jesuit identity. In addition, it is our intent to administer our various personnel programs, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoff, Saint Louis University sponsored training, education, and social activities, in such a manner as to eliminate any practices which might directly or indirectly exclude any employee from deriving benefit from them.

Special efforts will be made to ensure that all employment decisions are based on principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and with the further commitment to ensure that Affirmative Action will be taken so that qualified minority group individuals, females, Vietnam Era Veterans, persons with different abilities, disabled veterans, and other protected class individuals are introduced in to the work force in an atmosphere that encourages them to aspire for promotional opportunities as they arise.

Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action

Message from the President

This message from University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. was sent to all Saint Louis University employees regarding equal employment and affirmative action. 

"The administration of Saint Louis University views Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity as a major policy commitment and an important management goal. All administrative personnel involved in the hiring and supervision of University personnel, along with the Director of Institutional Equity and Diversity, have the responsibility to recruit, hire, train, promote, and in all ways provide fair treatment on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status. All policies are administered in a manner consistent with our Catholic Jesuit identity. 

It is our intent to administer our various personnel programs, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoff, Saint Louis University sponsored training, education and social activities, in such a manner as to eliminate any practices which might directly or indirectly exclude any employee form utilizing or benefiting from them. 

Special efforts will be made to ensure that all employment decisions are based on principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and with the further commitment to ensure that Affirmative Action will be taken so that minority group individuals, females, Vietnam era Veterans, disabled persons, disabled veterans and other protected class individuals are introduced into the work force in an atmosphere that encourages them to aspire for promotional opportunities as they arise.

Although we continue to make progress, there is still much work to be done in this regard. As President of Saint Louis University, I am fully committed to our Affirmative Action Program and retain primary responsibility for its implementation. I have assigned the responsibility for overseeing the coordination and monitoring of our EEO Policy and day-to-day responsibility for its implementation to L. Michelle Lewis, Director of Institutional Equity and Diversity and Title IX Officer. 

Ms. Lewis needs your assistance and support in achieving these objectives, and I am sure you will give her your usual fine level of cooperation."