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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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What is Affirmative Action?

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Affirmative action is a program of positive action, undertaken with conviction and effort to overcome the present effects of past practices, policies, or barriers to equal employment opportunity and to achieve the full and fair participation of women, minorities and individuals with disabilities found to be underutilized in the workforce based on availability.

The purpose of affirmative action is to establish fair access to employment opportunities to create a workforce that is an accurate reflection of the demographics of the qualified available workforce in the relevant job market. Affirmative action policies and programs are tools whereby additional efforts are made to recruit, hire and promote qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities.

Mission Statement

 Minnesota State University, Mankato is committed to providing equal education and employment opportunities to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, disability, status due to the receipt of public assistance, or any other group or class which discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 363A, and other applicable state or federal laws.


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Minnesota Employment Laws:

Minnesota State Law Resource Center

Other Resources:

Higher Ed Compliance Alliance Matrix:The HECA Compliance Matrix provides a comprehensive list of key federal laws and regulations governing colleges and universities. It includes a brief summary of each law, applicable reporting deadlines, and links to additional resources. 

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  • When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth Century America. By: Ira Katznelson (
  • Ten Myths about Affirmative Action. By: Scott Plous
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  • In Motion Magazine: Listing of articles, supreme court decisions and interviews