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Washington State University Office for Equal Opportunity

EEO/AA Definitions

Race/Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African-American  – A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Hispanic or Latino – A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

 

Disability:

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

Blindness, Deafness, Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, HIV/AIDS, Schizophrenia, Muscular Dystrophy, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Missing limbs or partially missing limbs, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Obsessive compulsive disorder, Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair, and Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation).

 

Protected Veteran Categories:

Active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran:  A veteran who served on active duty in the U.S Military, ground, naval, or air service during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

Armed Forces service medal veteran:  Any veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service, participated in a United States military operations for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985 (61 FR 1209).

Disabled Veteran:  A veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

Recently separated veteran:  Any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.