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Office of Equal Opportunity Records
Scope and Contents
This collection documents the creation and early years of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO) at Tufts University in the early 1970s. The office was first known as the Office of Equal Opportunity and Intergroup Relations and then as the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Materials include correspondence, internal reports, affirmative action plans, diversity statistics, and recruitment plans. Some materials also document legal cases and Tufts' compliance with government regulations. Also included are copies of Tufts University's affirmative action plans, policies, and reports from the early 1970s through the 1980s. There is a small amount of material published by the OEO, primarily from the 1980s and 90s. Some material relates to affirmative action-type programs planned by Tufts in the early 1960s before the formal establishment of the OEO.
- Majority of material found within 1969 -- 1978
- 1960 -- 2012
Language of Materials
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1 Digital Object(s)
Biographical / Historical
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action was founded at Tufts University under the auspices of the Office of the President. The initial focus was on providing educational opportunities for African Americans but by the end of the decade the University began to formally promote affirmative action and expand recruitment policies. Some time around 1971, Tufts created the Office of Equal Opportunity and Intergroup Relations under the auspices of the Office of the President. The office was responsible for assuring that Tufts complied with all state and federal regulations, including the creation of formal Affirmative Action plans, as well as working with colleges and departments to oversee recruitment of women and people of color. The affirmative action policies were also expanded to include not only students, faculty, and staff, but vendors and businesses affiliated with Tufts. The office also worked closely with President Hallowell who established the President's Council for Women and Minorities. Around 1980, the office shortened its name to the Office of Equal Opportunity.
The office is currently called the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.