The Black Emphasis Program addresses the unique concerns of African-Americans
in achieving equal opportunity in all employment and program delivery
Why Does Illinois Have a Black Emphasis Program?
Similar to all special emphasis programs, the Black Emphasis Program was
established to address or emphasize the unique needs of African-American
employees and customers. Originally, the emphasis was on increasing recruitment
and employment opportunities for African-American employees. Now the program has
been expanded to assist the organization in improving program delivery. Although
the Black Emphasis Program is not a mandated program, the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission highly recommends that the agency initiate these special
The overall goals for the Black Emphasis Program are to:
Eliminate discriminatory practice in program activity;
Assure that African-Americans are appropriately represented throughout the
Advise management on the special concerns of African-American employees
Ensure that specific actions are taken to provide Equal Employment
Opportunity for African-Americans in connection with recruitment, training,
promotion, and upward mobility.
Participate in cultural awareness activities; and
Review and make suggestions on the Affirmative Employment Plan.
The primary objectives of the Black Emphasis Program are:
Progress towards achieving a diverse workforce at all grade levels and in
Reduce employment/program complaints and findings of discrimination;
Increase the early complaint resolution rates; and
Improve outreach efforts to under-utilized and under-served communities.
For additional information, contact
Robert Spencer at 618.357.6016