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Overall Score 66.97
Liaison Alex Davis
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Arizona State University
PAE-8: Support Programs for Under-Represented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Betty Lombardo
University Sustainability Practices
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support under-represented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the student body:
Educational Outreach and Student Services offers the following: Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program (HMDP) HMDP is an early outreach educational program for young Latina women and their mothers. The program is designed to raise the educational and career aspirations of Hispanic women. Young first-generation Hispanic girls and their mothers plan their academic and professional careers with skills acquired during monthly workshops, beginning in the 8th grade and continuing through the completion of a university degree, a ten (10) year span. Audience Served: First-generation Hispanic/Latina students and their mothers from the 8th grade through university. Program Founded: 1984 Total number of students served 09-10 academic year: 500 (100 current college students) Program components: HMDP is composed of 3 components – the 8th grade component, the high school component and the university component. Support for university students through HMDP include one-on-one advising, monthly brown bag lunches with identified topics of need for the students (i.e. graduate school, study abroad), scholarship mentoring program, student support organization, referral services for counseling and academic support. Additionally, HMDP provides scholarship support for incoming and undergraduate participants. Native American Achievement Program (NAAP) Arizona State University entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the Navajo Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe to foster academic and personal success by providing academic support services to first-time freshmen and sophomores attending the University. The tribes provide financial aid and require their students to participate in the NAAP. Arizona State University provides the academic and personal success support. Audience Served: Incoming Apache and Navajo Freshmen. Students transition to NAAP II which is conducted by the American Indian Student Support Services office. Program Founded: 1996 Total number of Students served 09-10 academic year: 76 Program Components: NAAP Orientation at the beginning of each semester, monthly one-on-one advisement sessions, biweekly academic coaching/tutoring, monthly speakers, and bimonthly student socials. Multicultural Student Services (MSS) MSS supports the retention and ultimate graduation of students through a host of culturally centered programs and services targeting students from African American, American Indian, Asian/Asian Pacific American, and Latino/a backgrounds or with an interest in multicultural student issues. Audience Served: Ethnic minority students and students interested in cultural programs and services. Established in its current form: 1997 Total number of students served in 09-10 academic year: Over 4,500 Program Components: Three freshman para-professional organizations, four umbrella coalitions of ethnic minority organizations representing 60 student groups (American Indian Council, Asian/Asian Pacific American Coalition, Black & African Coalition, and El Concilio), multicultural honor society (STEP), multicultural volunteer group (MCSA), student leadership board (MSS Leaders), four summer programs (Asian Lead Academy, LINK (Latinos Interesting in Networking & Knowledge), Sankofa Summer Leadership Institute (targeted towards African-American students), and Native American Summer Institute), coordination of three ethnic graduation programs (American Indian, Black & African, and Asian/Asian Pacific American Convocations), Black Youth Recognition Conference, Pow Wow at Arizona State University, MSS internship program, welcome week events, multiple scholarship recipient mentoring, computer lab, tutoring assistance, and partnerships with corporate and non-profit entities such as Teach for America, Inroads, Foreign Services, and Peace Corps. Multicultural Student Affairs, Polytechnic Campus MSA supports the retention and ultimate graduation through a host of culturally centered programs and services targeting students from African American, American Indian, Asian/Asian Pacific American, and Latino/a backgrounds or with an interest in multicultural student issues. Audience Served: Ethnic minority students and students interested in cultural programs and services. Established in its current form: 2006 Total Number of Students served in 09-10 academic year: 600 Program Components: Among various programs MSA coordinates the Maroon and Gold Scholars Program, Campus Environment Team, and Student Success Coaching, which assists students with study strategies, time management, and good academic habits, for the Polytechnic campus. American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS) The American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS) aims to serve all American Indian students, needing and seeking support to become academically and personally successful. AISSS worked to address the low retention of American Indian students at all grade levels by increasing student academic achievement levels, empowering students to be resourceful, assisting students to be resilient when challenged by academic pressure, providing positive social/cultural experiences, and sustaining the administrative function of AISSS. Target Audience: All Arizona State University American Indian Students. Program Founded: Spring 1989 Students Served in 09-10: Over 300 students per month Program Components: NAAP II staff advising, computer lab, tutor center, writing lab, printing/copying services, academic workshops, American Indian Scholar Circle, information via the Blackboard, and study areas. New this year is a pilot collaboration with Counseling & Consultation where a different staff member sets up office hours within AISSS to informally talk with staff and students about various themes surrounding student success and development. Summer Bridge University Academic Success Programs provides an array of support services that promote students' academic success. Summer Bridge is designed to assist first-semester freshmen in making a successful transition from high school to college. Target Audience: First-generation, underrepresented groups, and “at risk” students, as well as student athletes and scholarship recipients. Program start date: Summer 1993 Through Summer Bridge, students become acclimated to campus life at Arizona State University, gain access to student support programs and services, and learn effective academic skills. Students Served in 09-10: Over 300 first-year students Program Components: Summer Bridge gives entering freshmen the opportunity to jump-start their educational careers at Arizona State University. Students can earn up to 7 academic credits during a five-week summer session, taking advantage of smaller classes with tutoring and structured study sessions. Living on campus, students build a sense of community and develop a network of peers. Students also benefit from their interactions with faculty, tutors, peer mentors, residential staff, and program staff. African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU) AAMASU is a High School-to-College (H2C) Program and university student organization focused on increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of African American male high school and college students. Targeted audience: Current African American male (undergraduate and graduate) students attending Arizona State University, incoming African American male freshmen/transfer students, and local African American male students currently attending a Maricopa Community College, who are interesting in transferring to Arizona State University. High School 2 College Program Targeted audience: Current African American male freshman high school students and their parents residing in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Program start date: 2004 – 2005 academic year. Approximate Number of Students Served 2009-2010: Student Organization: 75, H2C Program: 120 Program Components: AAMASU is structured both as a student organization and High School-to-College (H2C) Program. Events and programs hosted by and for the college organization include a literary club, fall leadership conference, black male workshops, film series, and a Black history month lecture. The H2C Program consists of three cohorts – high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Arizona State University staff and students conduct various grade level appropriate workshops such as applying to college and scholarships, financial aid, college life, majors, test preparations, etc.

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the faculty:
Arizona State University supports its faculty through numerous initiatives. Driven by the University’s diversity plan (http://diversity.asu.edu/asudiversityplan), the University provides a strong set of initiatives to support our underrepresented faculty and indeed all faculty. First, all of our colleges are required to have a mentoring program in place for all untenured faculty. These mentoring programs involve different approaches unique to the discipline and size of the unit. Second, we support the Commission on the Status of Women to help enhance the experiences of female faculty and staff at Arizona State University and to monitor our progress in employment related matters such as pay and rank. Third, the University provides support to the Faculty Women’s Association to support their initiatives to enhance the experience of female faculty. The FWA offers workshops on promotion and tenure, promotion to full professor, sexual harassment, and offers mentoring sessions and dialogues to facilitate women moving into leadership roles within the University. Fourth, the University has a number of organizations and these are listed at the following link - http://diversity.asu.edu/organizations . More recently we have developed the Center for Community Development and Civil Rights and the Office for Developing Transformational Leaders. Those units empower people by building bridges, developing leaders, and helping to transform the climate to enable the greatest success of all faculty as well as staff and, some cases, community members.

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the staff:
The Office of Equity and Inclusion (formerly Office of Diversity) and Office of Human Resources offer education and training in diversity, focused on prevention of discrimination/harassment, best practices in employee recruitment and hiring, principles of leadership and supervision, as well as developing and/or offering additional diversity related workshops/seminars upon request of a college or work unit, e.g., freedom of expression and academic freedom in the classroom. All of these stated topics have been offered prior to the reorganization of the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the launching of the Diversity Plan. The University also has numerous resources to support diverse groups within the university community.

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