November 12, 1972.
On this day, The IUPUI Green Sheet, the weekly campus newsletter, announced IUPUI chancellor Maynard K. Hine would establish an affirmative action office for the campus. The office was necessary "to implement at IUPUI the provisions and requirements of national and state legislation and administrative orders, as well as all-Indiana University policies with respect to all aspects of civil rights, equal employment opportunity, and non-discriminatory practices." The announcement stated that Hine hoped to appoint an acting officer by the end of the month. He encouraged all interested in applying themselves or nominating someone to contact the IUPUI Affirmative Action Planning Committee, chaired by Vice-Chancellor John C. Buhner.
Hine's announcement came in response to an October directive from George Taliaferro, special assistant to President John W. Ryan in Bloomington, to appoint an affirmative action officer, "keeping in mind that the final [U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare] guidelines for colleges and universities have not been finalized." Taliaferro subsequently advised IUPUI leaders to slow down implementation on campus until the whole university could move forward together.
In the early years of IUPUI, campus leaders had been active in efforts to create an atmosphere free from discrimination and one in which all had opportunities to advance their careers. These efforts included investigations of the status of women at IUPUI.
On March 1, 1973, Hine established the Affirmative Action Office and appointed Professor Frances Dodson Rhome to be the affirmative action officer for IUPUI. A professor of English in the School of Liberal Arts, she had previously served on the Affirmative Action Planning Committee. The campus moved ahead quickly to implement measures to address discrimination, equal opportunity, and salary equity.
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