The Office of EEO/AA & Diversity
The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity is dedicated to fostering and nurturing an equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment at Winston-Salem State University. Through a variety of programs and services we work with students, staff, faculty, the surrounding community, and alumni to “Build Community through Diversity.”
The Office of EEO/AA & Diversity provides leadership to strategic diversity initiatives that foster an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment at Winston-Salem State University. We provide education and outreach to our campus community that addresses our commitment to non-discrimination and compliance, cultural competency development, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, as well as diversity in the curriculum and co-curriculum.
Utilizing the University Strategic Plan the office works with a broad range of students, faculty, staff and community constituents to help make Winston-Salem State University a national model for inclusive excellence and diversity in higher education.
Winston-Salem State University strongly prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, sex, genetic information, political affiliation, or age. We encourage all members of the WSSU community to participate in our campus-wide effort to ensure that our workplace is free of discrimination and harassment. The following policies and corresponding procedures are designed to be resources as we strive to develop an inclusive, equitable, and respectful working and learning environment. If you need assistance with any of these policies or procedures, please contact us at IDI@wssu.edu or (336) 750-8759.
- Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy
- Improper Relations Between Students and Employees Policy
- Racial Harassment
- Sexual Harassment Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy
- Sexual Orientation Policy
- Unlawful Workplace Harassment Policy
- North Carolina SHRA Employee Grievance Policy
- Religious Accommodation Policy
- Employment Preference for Veterans Policy
- Resolution Procedures for Harassment and/or Discrimination Complaints and/or Resolution Procedures for Sexual Harassment Complaints
A protected class is a group of people who share common characteristics and are protected from discrimination and harassment. Some protections have the backing of federal and/or state laws.
Most people belong to most of the various protected classes. For example, each person is a member of the protected class of "sex" by being male or female. The same can be said for race, color, and several other protected classes. However, many individuals do not meet the criteria for membership of the protected classes of disability or veteran status.
The following table indicates the level of protection in place for each of the protected classes:
|Protected Class||Covered by Federal Law||Covered by NC Law||Covered by WSSU Policy|
Our dedicated staff provides consultation, transformative training's, needs assessments, and a variety of dynamic workshops designed to enhance and build an inclusive and welcoming learning and working environment at WSSU. We invite you to browse through our training and educational opportunities listed below. If you are interested in customized training's, presentations, or workshops, please contact us at IDI@wssu.edu [link to ] or (336) 750-8759.
Recruiting/Retaining a Diverse Workforce (Search Committees)
Civil Rights/Human Rights/Hate Crimes/Tolerance/Healing
- Anti-Defamation League
- Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
- Hate Crime Resources
- Human Rights Campaign
- Institute for International Cooperation and Development
- Legal Momentum
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- National Civil Rights Museum
- U.S. Department of Education: Office of Civil Rights
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Multicultural Learning Resources
- Intergroup Relations Center
- Worldwide Multicultural Resources