Affirmative Action: Equal Employment Opportunity

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is charged with the development and implementation of the Affirmative Action Program and its overall effectiveness at UAB. The information and links below include the federal laws and statutes that require compliance.


  • Reaffirmation of Equal Opportunity and the Prevention of Discriminatory Harassment Policy

    Reaffirmation of Equal Opportunity and the Prevention of Discriminatory Harassment Policy by President Ray L. Watts (Issued 11/8/11; Reissued September 2022)

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) remains fully committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination and the prevention of unlawful harassment in employment, education and the participation in university programs. We have long embraced diversity and equal opportunity as core values that encourage the type of supportive environment and campus community that allows faculty, staff, and students to excel and reach their fullest potential. We maintain and promote these values not only because they are right and equitable, but also because they are integral to achieving our institutional goals, our mission, and our vision to be one of the most dynamic and productive universities—and the preferred academic medical center—of the 21st century.

    Therefore, we reaffirm our full support for diversity and equal education and opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability unrelated to job or program performance, veteran status, or genetic or family medical history. Discriminatory harassment, whether sexual or non-sexual, is strictly prohibited. The University seeks to ensure that all aspects of employment, education and program participation remain free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. All University employees are expected to comply with this policy and any actions involving faculty, staff and students are initiated and administered in compliance with our commitment to federal/state laws and Executive Orders with respect to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. All UAB employees holding administrative, managerial and supervisory positions are required to ensure that this policy is fully implemented by enforcing only valid, position-related requirement decisions for employment, promotions, and work assignments and to ensure that progress continues with regard to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

    Our commitment to fairness, nondiscrimination and the prevention of unlawful harassment is the foundation of UAB’s Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment policy and should be the guidepost for other management decisions as well. I urge each member of our University community to join me in supporting these principles and ensuring that our core values of embracing diversity, showing mutual respect, and exhibiting fair and equitable treatment at UAB, remain intact, every day.

    The Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy may be accessed in the Policies and Procedures Library at

  • What is Affirmative Action?

    Affirmative action is a set of positive steps that UAB takes to promote equal employment opportunity. The affirmative action program allows UAB to identify potential problems in hiring, especially when it comes to hiring qualified women, minorities, persons with disabilities, Vietnam-era veterans, and disabled veterans.

    Every year, UAB does a self-analysis to determine the status of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans at all levels of the organization. This self-analysis considers census data and availability of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans in the recruiting arena, then compares that to the number of minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans working at UAB.

    If there is a problem identified, UAB then makes a good faith effort to eliminate practices that may be discriminatory and take pro-active measures, including recruitment and other outreach methods to encourage qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans to consider job opportunities at UAB.

  • Self Identification Forms

    The invitation to self identify is for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Please click the appropriate link below to voluntarily self identify your status. Submission of this information is strictly voluntary, and refusal to provide it will NOT subject you to any adverse treatment.

    As a matter of institutional policy as well as applicable law, UAB is required to keep records and perform certain analyses of applicants and employee pool by race, ethnicity and gender.

  • More Information on Affirmative Action/Equal Employment

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.