Resources on Diversity and Affirmative Action

Policy, Research, & Analysis

On Discrimination. 1995 revision. 

Affirmative Action Plans: Recommended Procedures for Increasing the Number of Minority Persons and Women on College and University Faculties. 1983.

Does Diversity Make a Difference. (.pdf)  2000. The American Association of University Professors and The Council on Education. Three Research Studies on Diversity in College Classrooms.

Statement of Principles on Family Responsibilities and Academic Work. 2001.

Issues in Employment of Faculty Members with Mental Disabilities –Background Materials (.pdf). February 2009.  By Rachel Levinson Waldman, AAUP senior counsel.  Presentation to the 30th Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education.

How to Diversify the Faculty  2006. Ann Springer, Counsel (American Association of University Professors) and Charlotte Westerhaus, (Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, National College Athletic Association.

Affirmative Action in Higher Education. 2005.By Ann Springer, AAUP Associate Counsel. An update on Affirmative Action in Higher Education: A Current Legal Overview.

Legal Primer For New and Not-so-New Administrators. 2005. By Donna R. Euben, AAUP Counsel.Presentation to the 15th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference.

What Now? The Michigan Cases and the Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education. 2004. By Ann D. Springer, AAUP Associate Counsel. Informational outline.

How to Diversify the Faculty. Updated 2004. By Ann D. Springer, AAUP Associate Counsel.  Informational outline.

Court Cases Involving Tenure As Remedy For Discrimination. 2003.  By Donna R. Euben, AAUP Counsel.  Informational outline.

AAUP Amicus Briefs in Affirmative Action Cases

The AAUP joined the American Council on Education and other higher education organizations in filing amicus briefs in Gratz v. Bollinger, et al. and Grutter v. Bollinger, et al.


Supreme Court Brief
Gratz v. Bollinger, et al. (Sixth Circuit)
Grutter v. Bollinger, et al. (Sixth Circuit)

AAUP Actions & Initiatives

AAUP Annual Meeting Actions

Resolution on Affirmative Action. June 1997. Passed at Eighty-Third AAUP Annual Meeting. 

Other AAUP Resources

How to Recruit and Promote Minority Faculty: Start by Playing Fair. By Jonathan R. Alger, Past AAUP Counsel.

Building Better Scholarly Environments: One Faculty Member's Perspective on the The Value of Diversity. By Roxanne Gudeman.

Organizing Women Faculty. By Martha S. West.

The Role of Faculty in Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Student Population. October 7, 1997. By  Jonathan R. Alger, AAUP Counsel and Gilbert Paul Carrasco, Professor, Villanova Law School.Presented at: "Hopwood, Bakke, and Beyond, " AACRAO Policy Summit.

Educational Benefits of Diversity. A list of cites to some of the numerous studies and reports examining and supporting the benefits of racial diversity.

Affirmative Action Is Not Discrimination. December 6, 2002. By Ann D. Springer and Benjamin Baez. The Chronicle of Higher Education Counterpoint

Diversity bibliography. Compiled and maintained by the Committee on Historically Black Institutions and Scholars of Color.

Read about the AAUP and Minority Serving Institutions.