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Letter from the Chancellor

posted July 15, 1998

Members of the Campus Community:

Berkeley's progress in achieving and assuring diversity in all aspects of campus life is among my major objectives as Chancellor of the Berkeley campus. I welcome this opportunity to affirm my personal commitment and that of the campus to accomplishing this objective through our individual and collective commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

It is campus policy to maintain a strong affirmative action program to ensure that all recruitment, hiring, training and promotions are conducted in a manner that promotes equal employment opportunity. Although the Regents' resolution SP-2 has prohibited the use of race or gender as preferences in employment practices, the campus is maintaining its commitment to affirmative action by actively recruiting qualified women and minorities for employment opportunities, and making every effort to provide a work environment that is free of illegal discrimination and harassment.

It is also campus policy to take affirmative action to provide employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities, special disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era. Further, it is our responsibility to ensure that all employment actions are based solely on an individual's qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, cancer-related medical condition, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, ancestry, citizenship, or marital status.

The 1998-99 campus Staff Affirmative Action Plan is available on the World Wide Web at: The 1995-98 campus Academic Affirmative Action Plan is available on the World Wide Web:

Although the programmatic responsibility for meeting equal employment opportunity and affirmative action commitments established by campus policies is delegated in accordance with the line organization of the campus, the ultimate responsibility is mine.

I ask that you share in meeting that responsibility by incorporating these policies in day-to-day decisions and activities. Through our mutual efforts and resolve, we can ensure Berkeley's academic leadership and excellence through diversity.

Robert M. Berdahl

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