week 2

week 2

 You work in human resources in your organization and have been assigned the task of ensuring that your organization properly incorporates Affirmative Action policies into your hiring practices. Research Affirmative Action and prepare a 10-15 slide PowerPoint presentation outlining Affirmative Action and your plan to launch Affirmative Action policies within your organization. 

I fully support affirmative action here. Anyone who is qualified is able to apply.

It shouldn’t matter race on whether someone is considered for the job or placement.











Affirmative Action Anteshia Anderson Department of Psychology, South University Online POL2076: American Government

Introduction to Affirmative Action

Welcome to the presentation on Affirmative Action.

Affirmative Action is a set of policies and practices designed to promote equal opportunity and counteract discrimination in employment, education, and other areas (Zamani et al.,2023).

What is Affirmative Action?

Affirmative Action is a proactive approach to address historical and systemic barriers faced by marginalized groups.

It aims to ensure that opportunities are accessible to all individuals, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, or other characteristics (Zamani et al.,2023).

Goals of Affirmative Action

Promote diversity and inclusion within the workforce and educational institutions.

Eliminate discriminatory practices in hiring, promotion, and admissions.

Create a level playing field for individuals from underrepresented groups.

Legal Basis of Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action is grounded in various laws and regulations, including:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (employment discrimination)

Executive Order 11246 (federal contractors)

Affirmative Action plans are required for federal contractors with contracts exceeding $50,000.


Benefits of Affirmative Action

Fosters a more diverse and inclusive work environment.

Enhances creativity, innovation, and problem-solving through diverse perspectives (Zamani et al.,2023).

Improves organizational reputation and competitiveness.

Aligns with ethical and social responsibility principles.

Challenges of Affirmative Action – Criticisms include

Perceived reverse discrimination.

Concerns about tokenism or undermining meritocracy.

Compliance burden for organizations.

Legal challenges and controversies.

Affirmative Action Plan Implementation

Assess current diversity and inclusion practices within the organization.

Conduct a thorough review of hiring, promotion, and retention processes to identify potential biases.

Set specific goals and targets for increasing representation of underrepresented groups.

Develop training programs to raise awareness about diversity and inclusion and mitigate unconscious bias (Zamani et al.,2023).

Recruitment and Outreach Strategies

Expand recruitment efforts to reach diverse talent pools.

Partner with community organizations, colleges, and professional associations serving underrepresented groups.

Implement targeted outreach campaigns to attract candidates from marginalized communities.

Ensure job postings use inclusive language and emphasize commitment to diversity.

Selection and Hiring Practices

Establish standardized selection criteria and assessment methods to minimize bias.

Implement blind resume review processes to focus on qualifications rather than demographic information.

Provide diversity training for hiring managers and interview panels to mitigate unconscious bias.

Consider implementing Rooney Rule or similar policies to ensure diverse candidate slates.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Regularly track and analyze demographic data related to hiring, promotion, and retention.

Evaluate the effectiveness of Affirmative Action initiatives in achieving diversity goals.

Solicit feedback from employees and candidates to identify areas for improvement.

Make adjustments to policies and practices based on data-driven insights.


Affirmative Action is a vital tool for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

By embracing Affirmative Action policies and practices, organizations can create more equitable and thriving workplaces.

Thank you for your attention. Let's work together to build a more inclusive future.


We invite questions and discussion from the audience.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, concerns, or suggestions regarding Affirmative Action and its implementation in our organization.

Your input is valuable as we strive to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace.

Thank you for your participation.


Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., Green, D. O. N., Stovall, D. O., & Brown II, M. C. (2023). The case for affirmative action on campus: Concepts of equity, considerations for practice. Routledge.