The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action is to promote a deep understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the University community to result in justice and equality in educational, employment and contracting opportunities, as well as to lead efforts to create an inclusive academic and work environment. The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action supports the University’s mission.

IDEAA’s Role

IDEAA works to ensure that the University is compliant with non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws and regulations such as: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the District of Columbia Human Rights Act; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the District of Columbia Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

To uphold the University’s compliance with these laws and regulations, IDEAA carries out the following responsibilities on behalf of the University: provides informal resolution services, including mediation, as a way to resolve allegations of harassment, discrimination, and related retaliation; investigates allegations of harassment, discrimination, and related retaliation; conducts administrative reviews and climate assessments; coordinates requests for accommodation based on disability, religion or pregnancy; prepares annual updates to the University’s affirmative action plan; provides training to the University community on relevant topics, such as implicit bias and bystander intervention; develops University policies and procedures related to EEO/AA, non-discrimination, and sexual misconduct; completes compliance reports; assists with the University’s supplier diversity efforts; and coordinates the response to bias-related incidents as a core member of the Bias Reporting Team.  Additionally, IDEAA’s Office of Title IX Compliance is responsible for upholding the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and relevant federal and local laws against sex discrimination.

“As President of Georgetown University, I am personally counting on all administrators, faculty, staff and students to provide enlightened leadership and cooperation in support of diversity, equity, and affirmative action, so that we can all be enriched by the experience of working and studying in an integrated environment”.

John J. DeGioia Ph. D.

Respect, Understanding and Inclusion

During these exceptional times, it is critical that we continue to make our environment welcoming and inclusive for every member of our community. Our values call on us to continue to treat each other with respect, understanding and dignity. We recognize that recent developments will impact our community members in a variety of different and challenging ways. We must give special attention during this time to ensure that no member of our community is discriminated against or harassed or bullied based on their race, color, or national origin, or in any other manner.

We remain committed to ensuring our learning and working environment, whether in-person or virtual, is free from harassment and discrimination. Any incidents of bias, harassment or discrimination, will not be tolerated and should be reported to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA), so they can be responded to consistent with our current policies and our commitment to a harassment-free environment.