New Mexico State University is committed to nondiscriminatory hiring and equal opportunity personnel procedures. The law of the land holds that “no person in the United States, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (Sex. 601, Title VI, P.L. 88-352, Civil Rights Act of 1964.)

The federal government has enacted laws that require that contractors to agree that they “will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, ” and that they “will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” This principle was promulgated in Executive Order 11246 on May 10, 1965 and reaffirmed by Executive Orders 11375, 13672, and 11478. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance monitors and enforces these laws.

The Office of Institutional Equity provides leadership to the university’s efforts to promote institutional equity and a diverse university community. Although OIE has been charged with ensuring the university’s compliance to federal, state, affirmative action, and equal opportunity laws; providing affirmative action and equal opportunity is the shared responsibility of the entire community.

The NMSU Affirmative Action Program is organized in compliance with multiple federal and state laws, executive orders and implementing regulations. As a federal contractor, NMSU is required to have a written affirmative action compliance program. The program must include identification and analysis of problem areas, the establishment of goals and timetables, and specific result-oriented action items designed to attain goals. OIE works in collaboration with college departments, administrative offices and Human Resource Services to focus on promotion, retention, and the hiring of historically underrepresented groups at NMSU.