The Unit’s Established Goal:
The goal of the Office for Equity and Diversity Administration and Academic Programs is to provide effective leadership in the development, coordination, implementation and assessment of a comprehensive array of programs to promote diversity and the understanding of differences at UAB.
Objectives of the Unit:
- To support the African American Faculty Association, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Black Graduate Student’s Association, Manos Juntas and other diverse groups in their efforts to ensure that minorities and women receive fair and equitable treatment at UAB.
- To effectively implement scholarship and fellowship programs for minority students and women.
- To support recruitment and retention efforts as well as fund faculty development awards.
- To establish committees to advise and assist in diversity implementation and oversight.
The unit has primary responsibility for all scholarship, fellowship, grant and supplement programs funded through the OVPED. These include: the Graduate and Undergraduate Comprehensive Minority Faculty and Student Development Programs; the Title VI Program; the Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program; the Equity and Diversity Enhancement Program, the LSAMP Summer Bridge Program and the Bridge to the Doctorate Program.
The unit is also responsible for the UAB Diversity Awareness Education Program, the Diversity Passport Program and UAB Affirmative Action Officers and Diversity Contacts.
While the administration and academic programs unit confers regularly with the vice president in implementing the overall OVPED academic and administrative priorities, the office of the vice president focuses attention more on external constituencies, while the unit attends to their day-to-day functioning.
The administration and academic programs unit also assists with the development of strategic initiatives, publications, grant submissions, alliance communications, event planning and organizing conferences, both on and off campus- all of which are supportive of the diversity, equity and academic goals of the university and the OVPED.