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Report: Interdepartmental Collaboration Favored as Means to Achieve Organizational Diversity

American Association for Affirmative Action President Gregory T. ChambersAmerican Association for Affirmative Action President Gregory T. Chambers

The American Association for Affirmative Action released a report called ‚ÄúCollaborative Relationships Between EEO/Affirmative Action, Human Resources and Diversity Professionals,‚ÄĚ which found that there is interdepartmental collaboration in most organizations to achieve diversity goals.

The report, which was conducted to gauge the extent to which diversity offices work with those who make hiring decisions to actually ensure a diverse workforce,  also found the following:

*In addition to meeting diversity benchmarks, key benefits of the interdepartmental collaboration include a better model

  •  for problem-solving (as it pertains to organization-wide issues) and better strategic planning.
  • *Over half of respondents reported resistance to change as the biggest obstacle to successful collaboration. ‚ÄúThe lack of
  •  leadership accountability‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúcommunication‚ÄĚ tied for the second-largest hurdle, with 42 percent of respondents
  •  identifying one or the other as an issue in the organization.
  • *More respondents suggested that greater leadership engagement and accountability could overcome barriers to diversity
  •  than indicated ‚Äúthe lack of leadership accountability‚ÄĚ as a barrier.

The full report can be accessed via the organization’s website,

The American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA) is an association of equal employment opportunity (EEO), diversity and affirmative action professionals founded in 1974.

‚ÄúAAAA‚Äôs mission is to promote understanding of EEO, affirmative action and diversity programs through our research and training as well as our advocacy.  We hope that the results of our survey will prove useful both now and in the future,‚ÄĚ

AAAA President Gregory T. Chambers said in a statement.

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