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Equal Opportunity Liaisons

The role of the Equal Opportunity Liaison (EOL) is to enhance communications, improve information flow, and strengthen working relationships between each Directorate/Office and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). Each program area has a designate who serves as the EOL as well as an alternate. Because the EOLs are familiar with the respective programs and operations, they can readily provide information to assist the Foundation in meeting its goals to broaden participation and enhance diversity within the workforce.

The EOLs brainstorm and develop and share information that contributes to outreach, recruitment, identification and selection of qualified reviewers, rotators, and applicants for employment. From time to time, this requires the formulation of strategies designed to yield positive results under the authorities of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; various Executive Orders; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and EEOC Management Directive 715. The EOLs will also play a role in devising NSF's first Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Plan, as mandated via Executive Order.

Additionally, the ODI staff will continue to work closely with the EOLs in providing EEO and diversity-based training to employees at NSF.