Florida International University aims to provide every member of its community with equal access to all its programs. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity assists with achieving this goal by coordinating the University Access and Equity Committee (A&E). Committee members are appointed by the president and are charged with monitoring the implementation of the University’s Affirmative Action Plan as well as making insightful recommendations for improvement.

The University Access and Equity Committee is comprised of FIU faculty, administrators, and staff from the Modesto A. Maidique, Biscayne Bay, and Pines Center campuses. Its members are men and women, some of whom may have a disability, who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the University community. Representatives from Academic Affairs, Human Resources, and Planning and Institutional Effectiveness serve as ex-officio members of the committee. Additionally, some subcommittees include representation of administrators, students, and faculty who, while not official members of the Committee, assist in their areas of interest and expertise. The standing subcommittees include:

  • Access-Ability Advisory: The mandate of this sub-committee is to provide perspective and recommendations to the A&E Committee regarding:

    • the development of the FIU’s policies and program to educate and inform on matters affecting employees and students with disabilities; and
    • ways FIU can be more inclusive for existing and future community members with disabilities by addressing the physical, social, and attitudinal barriers.

  • Diversity Advisory: Recommends policies and activities that will raise awareness and encourage all employees and students to value and respect diversity in everyday educational and work settings.

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Alliance (GLBTA): Provides recommendations to improve the campus climate for gay and lesbian students as well as work on issues directly affecting this community.

  • Women and Minorities Initiatives: Focuses on ensuring minority and female students are provided equal access and opportunities.

  • Quality of Life & Work: Examines quality of life issues and assesses the perceptions of the university climate in a range of areas including: workplace satisfaction, perceptions of institutional sensitivity, faculty tenure, promotions, salary, and other related issues.

  • Title IX Compliance Committee: Monitors the athletic department’s compliance with Title IX and NCAA gender equity requirements.

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