The U.S. Constitution guarantees equal treatment under law to all of its citizens. Indeed, it has become an American ideal to have equal opportunity for all, in which everyone is guaranteed the same right to employment and education, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, political affliation, or disability.
Sadly however, the ideal is not yet a reality. Not everyone has been afforded equal opportunities and whether intentional or not, discrimination still exists. Only through effective affirmative action programs in combination with a strong commitment to diversity, can we eradicate discrimination and accomplish equal opportunity for all.
Old Dominion University is committed to making equal opportunity a reality on its campus. To that end, the Accessibility Committee was initially established to make the entire campus facility accessible to people with physical disabilities. The major function of the Accessibility Committee was to monitor the construction and renovation activities of the University. In 1997, the Committee expanded its focus by addressing programmatic access issues for the entire University body. Currently, the committee identifies problems, proposes solutions to those problems, and makes recommendations accordingly. The Committee includes representatives from the following areas: Architectural Services, Facilities Management, Disability Services, Student Support Services, Recreational Sports, Institutional Equity and Diversity, Faculty, Staff and the Student body.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 757-683-3141.