Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
Every state agency employing 50 or more employees must establish an Affirmative Action Advisory Committee to achieve EEO Program Certification. The Affirmative Action Advisory Committee (AAAC) provides advice and direction to the appointing authority of the agency on department EEO/AA programs and goals; identifies problems and barriers to affirmative action target groups in recruitment, selection, and retention; identifies EEO/AA training needs of department managers and supervisors; and heightens the awareness of EEO/AA issues throughout the department.
Affirmative Action Advisory Committee Resources:
Diversity Live Wire
The Bureau of Equity and Inclusion (BEI) sends out a monthly article to all EEO professionals and Enterprise Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee members referred to as the "Diversity Live Wire". The goal of the Diversity Live Wire is to assist these professionals and committees in their task to broaden the perspectives of Wisconsin state government employees. Article topics may include: cultural customs and observances, diversity of thought perspectives, current diversity-related news, and other informational subjects to help foster an inclusive and respectful workplace.
Available Trainings through BEI:
Essentials of an Effective Affirmative Action Advisory Committee: The Essentials of an Effective Affirmative Action Advisory Committee course is designed to address three areas: planning, structure and parameters of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Among the topics discussed in this training are bylaws, roles and responsibilities, goals, work plan statutes, policies and procedures, underutilization, and statewide programs.
Unconscious Bias: Sparking a Conversation: We all have a lifetime of experience and cultural history that shapes how we see the world and each other. The goal is to teach ourselves how unconscious bias can affect our perceptions, decisions, and interactions. The course is aimed at raising awareness, sparking a conversation and initiating action.
Reasonable Accommodations: The Reasonable Accommodations course is designed to provide an overview of the basic laws, structure, philosophy, and planning elements that are essential to reasonable accommodation. This EEO course will cover the Federal and State definition of disability, the meaning of reasonable accommodation, the typical process for requesting accommodations and the rights and responsibilities of the person with disabilities and the supervisor. In addition, attendees will work through a practical exercise.
Harassment is...: Most people recognize that harassment occurs when someone openly bullies, threatens or even terrorizes another person. However, harassment isn’t always that obvious. This course will help attendees discover what harassment is and what to do if you or someone you work with is harassed.