The American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA) has served its members with dedication and distinction since its founding in 1974. As it approaches its fortieth anniversary, the association’s services have grown and are continuing to expand to the benefit of its members. The list below is an example of the benefits that members obtain when joining AAAA.
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- Membership Directory
The Association's membership directory is available to members whose dues are in “confirmed” or current status. To access the directory, click here and enter your e-mail address and password. The directory will appear in its entirety in alpha order and lists all individuals and organizations with current memberships. Clicking on the plus (+) sign next to "Directory Search" will allow you to perform a customized search of the membership directory.
- AAAA Listserv
The Association hosts a listserv for its “confirmed” members. Any member who wishes to subscribe to this list may initiate their request via email to AAAA-request@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM. Membership will be verified before any subscription is approved.
By joining or using the AAAA membership directory and listserv, you agree to the following rules and guidelines.
- AAAA Resources Page
The Resources page, as well as the Members only page of the Members tab on the AAAA website, are new features and will provide members with substantive information of use to members in the practice of their professions. This page will include EEO Tips, research, data and other information related to EEO, diversity and inclusion and affirmative action. Members are encouraged to donate information to share with their colleagues on the site.
- Annual Report
The AAAA Annual report of its activities is available to members. It can be found in the Members only section of this website.
- AAAA Bylaws
The Association’s Bylaws are also available to members. For a copy of the AAAA Bylaws as amended in 2012, members may go to the Members only page of the website.
- OFCCP Conciliation Agreements
Summaries of OFCCP Conciliation Agreements are available for current AAAA members only. The conciliation agreements are obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request that AAAA submits twice a year to the OFCCP. This is a Members-only benefit and can be obtained by contacting the AAAA national office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
First and foremost, AAAA is an organization dedicated to the professional development of its members. AAAA boasts a Professional Development and Training Institute (PDTI), founded in 1991, that confers the Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) and Sr. Affirmative Action Professional (Sr. CAAP) credential. PDTI also offers certificates for equal opportunity and affirmative action subfields. AAAA’s PDTI offers classroom training, onsite training, webinars and other specialized training opportunities. AAAA members receive a discount on the training programs.
- AAAA Blog and Newsletter
The AAAA Blog was established to give AAAA members and the public an opportunity to opine on the issues of the day and to educate the public on issues involving equal opportunity through affirmative action. The Blog also includes news clips about the activities of the EEO enforcement agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) as well as articles on affirmative action and diversity generally. To go to the blog, click on the “AAAA Blog” tab on the AAAA website. “New from Affirmative Action News” is a newsletter that is also distributed periodically to members via the listserv.
- EEO Tips
AAAA has instituted a weekly “EEO Tips” service to members. Lawyers and EEO practitioners who are expert in the field provide best practice and other information on EEO and affirmative action issues. This is a Members only benefit and is circulated via the AAAA Listserv.
- The AAAA Career Center
AAAA maintains a job board serviced through JobTarget and accessible through the AAAA website. Individuals may provide their resumes and employers may use this affordable service to find professionals in the EEO, diversity, human resources and other fields. To find the Career Center, click on “Career Center” on the AAAA website. AAAA also circulates a bi-monthly email of featured jobs through its listserv.
- Weblink Sponsors
Companies, colleges, organizations, consultants and others may purchase a link when paying their annual dues, which advertises their products for other members and members of the public. The cost to purchase a link is minimal but provides additional exposure to potential clients and the general public.
- AAAA National Conference and Annual Meeting
AAAA has an annual event that provides educational and training opportunities for its membership and other members of the public. National policymakers and opinion experts are invited to speak and a number of substantive workshops are presented for the edification of the membership. The fees for the conference are reduced for AAAA members.
- AAAA Press Releases and News
AAAA speaks out on issues of interest to its members and its press releases may be found on the AAAA website. News clippings on affirmative action, EEO and diversity are also available as is information disseminated by the Leadership Conference and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- AAAA Advocacy and Public Education
AAAA monitors legislative, agency and judicial activities that affect EEO, affirmative action and diversity issues in higher education, employment and business. AAAA is represented in Washington meetings and discussions on related issues and annually invites policymakers to meet with its board of directors in Washington, DC. AAAA filed an amicus curiae brief in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case and has signed on to numerous letters circulated by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Every four years, AAAA hosts its annual meeting in Washington, DC and addresses public policy issues of importance to the association and its membership.
- AAAA Regions
AAAA has nine regions each led by a regional director. Each region provides an opportunity to network with colleagues on issues including agency compliance activities, state and local government regulations and other issues facing EEO professionals. To view the AAAA regions and the states therein, go to the AAAA website and click on “Membership Benefits.”
- AAAA Bookstore
AAAA offers both hard copy and electronic books on a number of issues including civil rights, diversity, affirmative action and equal opportunity. The bookstore is maintained by Amazon.com and may be accessed on the AAAA website by clicking on “Bookstore.”
- AAAA Shops
AAAA provides association-themed clothing and other merchandise on its website through CafePress and Logosoftwear.com. Click on “AAAA Shops/Support Us” on the AAAA website.
- Travel Benefits
AAAA members receive discounts on travel through major automobile rental companies including Avis, Budget and Hertz. Just click on the icons located on the “AAAA Shops/Support Us” tab.
- The LEAD Fund
In 2011, AAAA incorporated the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (the “LEAD Fund”) to provide education and research on issues involving EEO, affirmative action, diversity and inclusion. Contributions to the LEAD Fund will be tax-deductible.