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Office of the Associate Vice President and Affirmative Action Officer

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 01-MWalB00132A

Scope and Contents

Files in this collection were created from 1974 through 2001. Materials include memos, correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and newsletters. Most of the reports concern the compliance of individual departments and the University as a whole with affirmative action regulations. Other subjects include hiring procedures; the establishment of the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee; and other equal opportunity issues including disabilities, maternity leave, and sexual harassment. This collection also holds an incomplete run of the newsletter "'aaction' profile." Most of these files were created and maintained by Louis Ennis and Herb Hentz.


  • 1974-2001, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is restricted; please consult the University Archivist. Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical or Historical Information

Formerly known as the Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity, the Office of the Associate Vice President and Affirmative Action Officer is responsible for developing and carrying out Brandeis University's affirmative action policies and ensuring the University's compliance with affirmative action laws. The University created its affirmative action program to ensure there was no discrimination at Brandeis--particularly in hiring practices--and to coordinate recruitment of potential minority employees. The Office currently handles other equal opportunity issues such as sexual harassment and disabilities. The position of Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action was created in 1978 and first held by Herb Hentz. Previously, an Affirmative Action Coordinator was in charge of affirmative action policy at Brandeis. This position was held by Louis Ennis during the 1970s. The University also had Affirmative Action Officers, most notably Jack Goldstein and David Squire, and an Affirmative Action Advisory Committee. The Office also formerly produced the newsletter, " 'aaction' profile."


2.00 Linear Feet

2 manuscript boxes, 1 record center box. other_unmapped

1.00 Linear Feet

1.00 Linear Feet


Arranged in three series: 1. Reports, 1974-2001; 2. Administrative Files, 1975-2001, undated; Newsletters, 1983-1988. Series one and three are arranged chronologically. Series two is arranged by sub-series then chronologically. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Custodial History

At some point, materials switch to "Office of Equal Opportunity."

Accruals and Additions

Community Affirmative Action Review, January 1-December 31, 1994 transferred from Education Program to Archives on April 28, 2003, and added to collection on same day.  Sexual harassment brochure (1998) transferred from Board of Trustees Office in mid-Aug. 2003 and integrated into collection on Aug. 22, 2003. A second copy of the Community Affirmative Action Review, January 1 to December 31, 1997 added to the collection by Anindita Das on March 30, 2004.

Related Materials

For additional information on affirmative action at the University search the following catalog entry in the Brandeis University libraries' on-line catalog LOUIS: Subject Search: Affirmative action programs Massachusetts Waltham Periodicals. See also the Office of the Associate Vice President and Affirmative Action Officer Website at:

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections