The primary purpose of the Office of Equal Opportunity is to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of University life. McNeese State University does not discriminate with regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in employment or the provision of services.
The Chief Diversity Officer is the University's Equal Opportunity Officer and investigates complaints of discrimination, including sexual harassment. The Division prepares the Affirmative Action Plan for Employment and manages the hiring process, diversity training programs, the applicant tracking system, and assists the University administration on matters relating to institutional compliance. The Division implements and manages compliance with and promotes programs and activities to support the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and the Affirmative Action Program.
The Division is committed to diversity, interculturalism, and equity by providing information, services, and training and development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Individually and in collaboration with other divisions and departments, the Office develops and implements training programs and activities to promote a welcoming, nurturing, and equally beneficial campus environment to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Chief Diversity Officer engages in outreach activities to campus units and external groups in the local community, state, region, and nation.
Dr. Snowden also serves as the ADA Coordinator and the Title IX Coordinator for McNeese.