For three-and-a-half hours the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 5,
the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) will host a workshop
aimed at outlining how it manages its activities and contributes
to the effort of enhancing Emory’s diversity.
EOP’s Spring 2003 Resource and Information Module will take
8:30 a.m.–noon on Feb. 5 in the Rollins Room on the eighth
floor of the Rollins School of Public Health.
“The goal is to help general managers and supervisors understand
how useful EOP can be to them,” said Sylvester Hopewell, assistant
director for equity in EOP. While the programming will be geared
toward managers, all staff are invited to attend. Hopewell said
EOP’s goal is to draw about 80 people, but more wouldn’t
be a problem.
EOP staff members not only will be discussing the scope and responsibilities
of the office, but also a variety of topics ranging from how Emory
conducts job searches to ensure a diversity of candidates, to how
EOP handles investigations into complaints of discrimination and
harassment on campus, to how different types of disabilities are
defined and dealt with.
While there will be some presentations, the majority of the module
will consist of small-group activities with EOP staff interacting
with attendees. Hopewell said a lot of the discussion will center
on case rulings on different sorts of discrimination in the workplace
(racial, sexual, disability, etc.). None of the cases took place
at Emory, but their relevance is important.
Hopewell said EOP wants to be proactive by providing managers with
information they could use to head off problems before they start,
which would make everyone’s life easier.
“Our hope is to eventually visit individual departments and
go into these areas in greater details through workshops and training
sessions,” said Robert Ethridge, vice president of EOP. Ethridge
added that the module is not a training program but rather an information
Another of EOP’s long-term goals, Hopewell said, is to become
more interactive and introduce online Q&A capability.
Anyone wishing to attend the module is asked to RSVP by Monday,
Jan. 13, at
404-727-6016. Refreshments will be provided.