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The American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA) is the association of professionals managing affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity and other human resource programs. Founded in 1974, the American Association for Affirmation Action (AAAA) is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity. Our mission is to help our members to be more successful and productive in their careers. We promote understanding and advocacy of affirmative action to enhance access and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities. Our members work in institutions of higher education; federal, state and local governments and private industry. AAAA accepts institutional and individual memberships. In addition to the national organization, AAAA has ten regions chaired by regional directors.
AAAA believes affirmative action continues to be an effective force to help all Americans rise as far as their talents and determination can take them. The Association supports the use of affirmative action to ensure inclusion in employment, educational admissions and the development of business opportunities. Affirmative action programs, properly designed and implemented, strengthen the national community, promote its economic well being, and maximize the benefits of our great diversity.
AAAA is a professional development, advocacy and educational organization. It provides classroom and onsite training through the Professional Development and Training Institute and Internet-based training through its webinar program. Confers the Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) credential. AAAA members have represented the association on television, radio and the Internet and in print media. AAAA has an annual meeting as well as events sponsored by the regions.
Gregory T. Chambers was elected president of AAAA in 2010 and re-elected president in 2012. He was the EEO/AA Manager for the State of Delaware for 24 years. Gregory retired from his State of Delaware EEO position after being offered an EEO Manager position with the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). The Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) was created by Compact in 1962. It is charged with providing vital transportation links between the two states as well as economic development in Delaware and the four southern counties of New Jersey. The DRBA Executive Director selected Gregory to use his proven skills and abilities to address the organization’s pressing EEO/AA needs and concerns. He has worked for DRBA since 2009.
He has been in public service for 39 years, having spent 13 of those years in a variety of capacities with the City of Wilmington, most notably director of community affairs in the Office of the Mayor. Gregory is a graduate of Wilmington University with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science. He is a Certified Conflict Partnership Catalyst (CPC) trained in facilitating resolution to differences and preserving relationships at work and in the community. Gregory is a 24-year member of the American Association for Affirmative Action serving as state coordinator, regional director and now president. He founded and formerly chaired the Delaware Work Force Diversity Group (DWFDG). Established in 1989, DWFDG is a mechanism for networking and sharing information on equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity in the workplace for public and private sector employers. In November 2011, he received the NAACP’s Lifetime Award for Affirmative Action and Diversity Work.
Dr. Joni Baker is currently Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for The Texas A& M University System, a consortium of 11 universities, seven state agencies, and a comprehensive health science center. She has been with the A&M System since September 1995. From 1984 to 1995, Joni was a Diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, serving at embassies in Africa and Asia.
Joni is a graduate of American University (B.S.), Georgetown University (M.A.), and Texas A&M University (Ph.D.). She has traveled throughout 49 countries and speaks four languages in addition to English (French, Swahili, Chinese, and Spanish). Joni is the National Secretary and 1st Vice President-Elect of the American Association for Affirmative Action. She is also a member of the Texas Association of Mediators, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
Dr. Myron Anderson serves Metropolitan State College of Denver as the associate to the president for diversity. A member of the president’s cabinet, Anderson is the College’s chief diversity officer responsible for articulating and resolving current and future issues related to diversity. He is responsible for investigating complaints and mediating fair settlements between aggrieved faculty, staff and students throughout the institution. In addition, Anderson identifies campus climate trends that may assist in developing strategies to pro-actively promote “inclusive excellence.”
Since he assumed his position in 2007, Metro State has seen its enrollment of students of color increase by more than a third, making up 28 percent of the student body in fall 2010.
Dr. Anderson has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, in both administrative and academic positions. He also carries the rank of associate professor of education technology. Prior to his current position, he was the associate chair of the teacher education department at Metro State, and a faculty member and administrator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). His areas of expertise are instructional technology, distance education and inclusive excellence.
He is the past co-advisor of the Student National Education Association Scholarship Committee and has been involved in national workshops to discuss and develop strategies and solve problems around diversity. He currently serves as a board member for the national organization, the American Association for Affirmative Action AAAA, as the Elections Chair.
Anderson earned a Ph.D. in instructional technology from Virginia Tech.
Carmen Suarez, Ph.D., is the Director of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion at the University of Idaho. She develops and implements various diversity, bias prevention, sexual harassment and faculty/staff professional development training programs, initiates underrepresented faculty/staff strategic recruitment and retention plans, investigates and resolves complaints, monitors various dimensions of institutional equity and serves as Title IX and ADA Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer for the institution.
Carmen has worked in AA/EEO compliance, university enrollment management, law school career services administration, private sector management and human resources and public services program implementation. She began her career in graduate admissions, worked for several years assisting migrant farm workers, directed a comprehensive university minority student recruitment and retention program, served as a university affirmative action officer, managed a private sector company’s human resources and developed and implemented the company’s minority-owned business certification, researched and submitted business proposals and pursued government procurement opportunities.
She has conducted numerous training programs on topics such as minority student higher education access, various diversity and managing diversity topics, sexual harassment, Latino and African American relations, bias prevention, gender communications, career development and employment hiring practices.
Melvin Williams is an experienced, charismatic leader with 20+ years experience in higher education administration and 10 years experience in public sector leadership roles in city and state governments. Mr. Williams brings a national and international perspective through his Peace Corps experience which gave him the opportunity to study and learn how other cultures view politics, health, leisure activities, work, etc. He was invited to participate in the Oxford (England) Roundtable which provided him the opportunity to learn a world view on employment, equal opportunity, affirmative action and employment law.
Mr. Williams began his career in higher education administration with the University of Kansas Medical Center (KMUC) where he held positions as: Director of Affirmative Action, Health Careers Pathways Program; Director NIH Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program; and Assistant Hospital Administrator. Recruited to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for the position of Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Mr. Williams expanded the responsibilities into the Office of Diversity and International Affairs. The Office is responsible for the diversity/equal opportunity functions of the university along with ensuring the legal status of the international scholars, residents and visitors to UTMB. Mr. Williams initiated the annual Hector P. Garcia celebration which recognizes a Texas Legend who was a Hispanic graduate of UTMB School of Medicine and the Herman Barnett Gala in honor of the first African American to matriculate and graduate from UTMB School of Medicine or any other Texas School of Medicine.
Mr. Williams holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, which he earned along with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Industrial Technology from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS.
ReNeé S. Dunman, Esq., has blended her leadership and management skills with a comprehensive knowledge of employment law, which has developed into a professional reputation respected by academe and industry throughout the nation.
Ms. Dunman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1985. In 1987, she received her Master’s degree in Communications from Norfolk State University and in 1993 she received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law where her focus of study was employment law.
She is presently serving as the Assistant Vice President, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Old Dominion University where she is responsible for advising the President, monitoring and coordinating all equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity efforts of the University. She was also President of the American Association for Affirmative Action and Immediate Past President. Based in Washington, D.C., AAAA is a national professional organization for equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity practitioners with over 900 members.
Ms. Dunman is the immediate past Chair of the Hampton Roads Industry Liaison Group.
Currently, she is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She is a highly sought trainer and consultant having conducted sessions for national and international clients in business, government, military, industry and higher education. She has been interviewed by the media on related topics and has made appearances on the international, national, state and regional level including the British Broadcasting Network, CNN, Court TV, Time Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, Diversity, Inc., and Diverse Issues.
Her personal motto is “Making a Difference - One Individual at a Time”.
Shirley J. Wilcher, J.D., CAAP, is an authority on equal opportunity and diversity policy. Ms. Wilcher is currently Executive Director of the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA). She is also President of Wilcher Global, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in diversity management, affirmative action, contract compliance, and government relations. During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Wilcher served a seven-year term as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), in the Employment Standards Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Her more than twenty years of experience include service as civil rights counsel with the Education and Labor Committee, US House of Representatives; Director for State Relations and General Counsel with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and staff attorney with the National Women’s Law Center. Ms. Wilcher is an honors graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts; holds a Master of Arts Degree from the New School for Social Research in New York, NY; and a Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among her credentials is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) certificate from the American Association for Affirmative Action.
AAAA Board of Directors reflects a wealth of experience in equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action in higher education, government, private industry and law.
Washington, D.C. – August 23, 2012 - The American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), an association of equal employment opportunity (EEO), diversity and affirmative action professionals founded in 1974, announced the results of its recent membership election for the leadership whose term began July 1, 2012 and ends in 2014.
"We are delighted to have such outstanding leaders in the field of equal opportunity and affirmative action to take the helm of this organization in the years to come," said AAAA President Gregory T. Chambers.
For President, the association re-elected Gregory T. Chambers, EEO, Affirmative Action and Diversity Manager, Delaware River and Bay Authority. Mr. Chambers was formerly with the Office of Management and Budget, Human Resource Management, State of Delaware. For First Vice President, Joni Baker, Ph.D., Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, The Texas A & M University System, was re-elected. AAAA's new Second Vice President, Myron Anderson, Ph.D., is the Interim Associate to the President for Diversity and Assistant Professor, Education Technology at Metro State College of Denver.
The AAAA Board Secretary is Carmen Suarez, Ph.D., who works for the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, as the Director of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion. The AAAA Treasurer is Melvin Williams, former Director of Diversity and International Affairs in the Human Resources Department, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
The new AAAA officers will join a board with a diversity of backgrounds in higher education, government, private industry and law. Among the members of the board are Matthew J. Camardella, Esq., Partner, Jackson Lewis, LLP, Long Island, NY; John D. Gonzales, JDG Associates, San Antonio, TX.; Dean Sparlin, Esq., of Sparlin Law Practice, Fairfax, VA;, Huda Melky, Director, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY; Marshall Rose, former EEO Director, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH; Charles Batey, Associate Director, Equal Opportunity, Office of the President, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO; John Burnett, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX; Ann Penn, Director, Equal Opportunity/ADA Office, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ahmed Younies, President and CEO, HR Unlimited, Inc., Santa Ana, CA; Lenai Butterfield, Affirmative Action Manager and EEO Officer, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA; Julian R. Williams, Esq., Director, Office of Equity & Diversity (OED), Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ; Karen E. Boyd Talent Acquisition & Workforce Planning, Manager, Pepco Holdings, Inc., Newark, DE; Sonia BasSheva Manjon, PhD, Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and Chief Diversity Officer, Wesleyan University; Charlie Williams, Director, Affirmative Action, Kean University, Union, NJ; Carla Pittman, Marketing Manager, Berkshire Associates Inc., Columbia, MD; Delia L. Johnson, Director, Civil Rights Broadcasting Board of Governors, Washington, DC; ReNee' S. Dunman, Assistant Vice-President, Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Inderdeep Chatrath, Ph.D., Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Duke University, Durham, NC.; Marilyn Schuyler, Schuyler Affirmative Action Practice, Washington, DC, Ilyce Murray, EEO/AA Manager, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Campbell Soup Company, Camden, NJ; and Willyerd Collier, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Diversity Affairs, University of Arkansas.
For more information, go to www.affirmativeaction.org. Founded in 1974, the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA) is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity. AAAA helps its members to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action to enhance access and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.
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