Office of Equal Opportunity

Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO)

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update (as of 8/24/2020): The Office of Equal Opportunity, including the EEO/AA and Title IX offices, remains open and functioning at this time. Anyone, student or employee, impacted by discrimination is encouraged to contact the office to make a report.

Daily operations, including but not limited to complaint processing, investigations and interim measures, will continue so as to assure that any discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, retaliation, or other discriminatory behaviors are addressed promptly.

Given our efforts to provide a safe campus and State law regarding social distancing, drop in meetings are temporarily suspended. Please contact us at (808) 932-7642 or eeoaa@hawaii.edu to schedule a meeting. Our meetings may take a different format, but we are still open and available.

Office of Equal Opportunity

Welcome to UH Hilo╩╗s Office of Equal Opportunity! At UH Hilo, we value diversity as central to our mission and essential for effective participation in an increasingly global society. We seek to cultivate an inclusive community of people with varied characteristics, ideas, cultures, and world-views where our students, faculty, and staff celebrate difference and respect tradition. We especially embrace our responsibilities to the indigenous people of Hawai╩╗i. We root our identity in this indigenous heritage and reflect the rich mix of Native Hawaiian, Asia-Pacific, local, national, and international cultures that embody the diversity of Hawai╩╗i. We work to foster cross-cultural awareness to promote an intellectual and social environment that challenges all of us to learn and grow.

To aid in these efforts, it is the policy and commitment of the University of Hawai╩╗i to ensure equal opportunity in higher education, both as a provider of education and as an employer. The Office of Equal Opportunity drives UH HiloÔÇÖs efforts to stop, prevent and remedy discrimination, while seeking to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive work and learning environment.

The OEO provides a number of resources to UH Hilo employee and student communities and engages in a variety of tasks to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across our learning and working environments. These include live and web based diversity and compliance trainings, skills workshops, confidential advocacy, analysis of data and implementation of an annual affirmative action plan, search committee briefings, provision of resources for diverse recruitment, employee disability accommodations, formal and informal investigations and resolution of complaints.

The OEO is a resource for all employees and students. We encourage you to review this web site to better understand who we are and the role we play for the UH Hilo community.

Who We Are

The Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Office supports the University's compliance with federal and state laws, executive orders, and university and campus policies regarding discrimination and harassment, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity.

Title IX

The Title IX Office leads the campus response to sex discrimination and gender based violence.

Confidential Advocacy

The Office of Equal Opportunity provides Confidential Advocacy for survivors of sex discrimination and gender based violence.

Prevention Education

Prevention Education drives the campus╩╗s efforts to raise awareness of sex discrimination and gender based violence. By providing education and resources, the Office of Equal Opportunity╩╗s goal is to increase reporting and ultimately eliminate discrimination.