The Graduate Center’s Affirmative Action Plans

The Graduate Center’s Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs)

The Graduate Center’s (GC) commitment to its mission as an institution of higher education fosters commitment to increasing the representation of protected groups throughout its workforce. The Chief Diversity Officer and the Compliance and Diversity Office collaborate with critical internal and external partners to ensure implementation of the GC’s Federal and Italian American Affirmative Action program, as part of its wider effort to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and non-discrimination on campus.

AAPs identify CUNY policies and procedures that foster an inclusive environment to develop, maintain, and implement The Graduate Center’s Affirmative Action program.

The GC’s Federal Affirmative Action Plans

The Affirmative Action Plan is prepared by federal contractors as required by federal regulations related to:

  • Presidential Executive Order 11246, for women and federally protected racial/ethnic groups 
  • Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, for protected Veterans 
  • Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, for Individuals with Disabilities 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) oversees Affirmative Action Plan requirements for federal contractors. Some aspects of this plan are also informed by New York State and New York City regulations and guidelines for public agencies.

Below are The Graduate Center’s annual federal Affirmative Action Plans in support of CUNY’s Affirmative Action Policy:

* The Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP) requires organizations with 50 or more employees to submit individual affirmative action plans. Since Macaulay Honors College (MHC) did not have 50 employees prior to Fall 2019 (the reporting year June 1, 2018–May 31, 2019), MHC’s workforce analysis was included in The GC’s AAPs prior to 2019.

The GC’s Federal Affirmative Action Plans for Italian Americans

The GC prepares separate Affirmative Action Plans for Italian Americans, who were designated a protected class by CUNY’s Chancellor in 1976.

Below are The Graduate Center’s annual Affirmative Action Plans for Italian-Americans in furtherance of CUNY’s Affirmative Action Policy:

* The Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP) requires organizations with 50 or more employees to submit individual affirmative action plans. Since Macaulay Honors College (MHC) did not have 50 employees prior to Fall 2019 (the reporting year June 1, 2018–May 31, 2019), MHC’s workforce analysis was included in The GC’s AAPs prior to 2019.

Please forward any inquiries related to the AAPs to complianceandiversity@gc.cuny.edu