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2006-2007 brought another marked increase in the number of complaints of discrimination and harassment received by OEOD. Up 109% in the past two years, the number of cases is most likely attributable to the additional sexual harassment prevention training now mandated by California law (AB1825) and implemented beginning in 2005. OEOD is pleased to report that the number of cases resolved in an early resolution process (informal complaints) have increased, indicating that individuals are willing to and do ask for assistance earlier and resolve problems before they become more difficult to manage.
We are happy to introduce OEOD’s newest staff member: Raid Faraj who has joined us as a Senior Investigator and Diversity Educator. In this capacity, he is responsible for conducting formal and informal investigations of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment and responding to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). He also conducts a variety of presentations and workshops on sexual harassment, discrimination, diversity, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural communication for students, faculty and staff.
Faculty Applicant Survey Tracking
The Faculty Applicant Survey Tracking (FAST) system is an online web-based program that collects demographic data about applicants and allows academic departments to generate reports that compare the applicant pool to the expected availability of women and minority candidates for the recruited position. This tool was developed with two goals in mind: 1) as an aid for faculty search committees to assess if additional outreach and advertising is needed, and 2) to provide statistics for federal affirmative action reporting. This year OEOD developed a workshop to assist department personnel and search committees in best using this new tool.
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