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University of Central Florida Equal Opportunity Office Records

Identifier: UA09B

Scope and Contents

Series I: Chronological Files, 1970-1977 contains information on Civil Rights including university and Equal Opportunity office correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, and publicity materials promoting and ensuring the proper use of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It also includes the athletics programmatic audits from 1985 to 1988.

Series II: Subject Files, 1969-1987 holds correspondence, progress reports, grant proposals, recruitment letters, Federal Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) letters, investigation documentation into discrimination claims. Equity status reports of enrollment, salary, and employment of minorities and women within the university are also included.


  • Created: 1969-1988



This collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished records were protected by copyright. Permission to publish quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 affected everyone in the United States of America. For Florida Technological University (later University of Central Florida), this act and subsequent others meant implementing equal opportunity policies. From its founding to 1978, FTU employed J. Phillip Goree, Vice President for Administration and Finance as the Equal Opportunity Officer. He put into effect many opportunities for equal education and affirmative action programs. Goree's assistant, Janice Brodie, compiled all the University's records dealing with salary, employment, recruitment, and enrollment of minorities and women. These findings were presented to federal Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) officials for review. On July 31, 1974 President Millican appointed a functional task force to carry out and maintain the HEW regulations of Affirmative Action and Equal Educational Opportunity programs. In 1979, President Colbourn hired Carol Surles as the first Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, shortly afterwards establishing an office of the same name with the help and encouragement of Dr. John T. Washington. Presently, the Equal Opportunity office reports to the President and continues to monitory and ensure equality regulations for men and women of all races.


2 boxes (1.5 Linear Feet)


The face of the American workforce changed when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. Thus, when Florida Technological University opened in 1968, the university employed J. Phillip Goree, Vice President for Administration and Finance as the Equal Opportunity Officer. From its beginning, the Equal Opportunity Office has facilitated campus policies and programs for students, faculty, staff, applicants, visitors, and community members in accordance with statutes and guidelines. The collection holds materials concerning the University's implementation of federal affirmative action programs and civil rights regulations during the 1970s as well as the effect on faculty, staff, students, recruitment practices, and federal funding to the University.

Arrangement Note

The materials in the Equal Opportunity Office Collection are arranged in two series:

Method of Acquisition

Janet Branch transferred these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collection and University Archives in 2005 (CFU2005_06).

Accruals and Additions

Collection Identifier: CFU2005_06

Related Materials

For more information on university archives, please see our website. Further information about this collection may be found in the James C. Clark Research Papers, the University of Central Florida Office of the President Collection, and the University of Central Florida Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs: Carroll B. Gambrell, Jr. Records, 1964-1984.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jasset Tharp and Lindsay Mazziotto and finding aid prepared by Lindsay Mazziotto and April Karlene Anderson in 2006. Rusted paper clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. News clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper. All materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Duplicates were removed and social security numbers were obliterated. Post-it notes were moved to the edge of documents to prevent destruction of information. Additional work done by Nava Cohen in 2011. The finding aid was placed into Archon, with adjustments made for Archon and resulting in edition 2, by Mary Rubin in 2015. The acquisition method field and the subjects were updated by Kryslynn Collazo in 2018, resulting in edition 3.
University of Central Florida Equal Opportunity Office Records
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF University Archives Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576