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Bradley revises job posting for diversity officer after criticism from advocates for people with disabilities

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Bradley University has revised its job posting for an assistant director of diversity and inclusion after advocates for the disabled criticized the stated requirement for applicants to be able to access a non-ADA compliant building.

The position is tasked with developing and implementing programs and services to target historically underrepresented student populations, particularly Hispanic and Latinx students.

The original job posting included language about the need for the applicant to access the Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center, which is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Advocates for the disabled quickly spoke out about the posting. The Massachusetts-based Disability Policy Consortium criticized the job posting, writing in part that “not being able to access inaccessible buildings literally disqualifies you from the job.”

In a statement Monday, the office of Diversity and Inclusion at Bradley announced revisions to the job posting.

“We regret the wording in our job advertisement and have made changes to it. In an attempt to be transparent about the position, we included information about this building not being ADA accessible.  We have, and we will continue to consider all candidates, and we will make appropriate accommodations for any successful candidate,” said the statement.

The office also noted the university is aware of its accessibility issues with some buildings on the campus, and is undergoing a self-study of its facilities master plan to meet ADA compliance and boost accessibility.

The new job posting is here.


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