Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.77
Liaison Franklin Lebo
Submission Date May 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

Baldwin Wallace University
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Franklin Lebo
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Charles (CJ) Harkness, Chief Diversity Officer, (440) 826-2426, charknes@bw.edu
Bonnie Munguia, Director, TRIO, (440) 826- 2209, bmunguia@bw.edu
Steven Richardson, Academic Advisor, (440) 826-2259, srichard@bw.edu
Jay T. Hairston, Sr., Assistant Dean of Students, (440) 826-2157, jhairsto@bw.edu
Jay T. Hairston, II, Director, Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, (440) 826-2426, jthairst@bw.edu

The University has designated the Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator to oversee the institution's response to allegations of sexual misconduct. He can be reached at (440) 826-2426. The BW Discrimination Investigators (listed below) have the responsibility to investigate complaints of sexual misconduct and other discrimination allegations which have allegedly occurred within the Baldwin Wallace University Community. Any person wishing to lodge a complaint, learn more about the process or seek additional training may contact the following.

Nancy Gussett, Associate Professor of Psychology, (440) 826‐2027, ngussett@bw.edu
Jay T. Hairston, Sr., Assistant Dean of Students, (440) 826‐2157, JHairsto@bw.edu
Charles (CJ) Harkness, Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator, (440) 826‐2426, charknes@bw.edu
Janet Leonard, Director of Benefits, (440) 826‐2219, jleonard@bw.edu
Gerrie Paino, Coordinator, School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computing, (440) 826‐2111, gpaino@bw.edu

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Title IX

Baldwin Wallace University (BW) seeks to “assists students in their preparation to become contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society and encourages their pursuit of personal and professional excellence” (University Mission Statement). As a strategy to support this aim, BW seeks to build a Community of Trust by facilitating and supporting activities which serve to promote Civility, enhance Cultural Competence and articulate standards of Conduct. Trust allows us to freely seek the full benefits of membership in the BW learning community. Trust is eroded and replaced with apprehension and suspicion when members of the community have their rights to live, learn and work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence violated. Particularly, when the imbalance of power which exits between members of the University community are exploited, our community’s ability to live out its promise is severely undermined. We each have a responsibility to value everyone at BW, treat each other with respect and dignity, speak out against inappropriate behaviors or treatment of others and support affected parties towards their success.

Title IX Coordinator

BW has designated Charles (CJ) Harkness, Chief Diversity Officer, as its Title IX Coordinator. In this capacity, he works to ensure that the BW Community Standards as well as the expectations of the law are met as it relates to sex and gender. This includes coordination of the University’s response to sexual misconduct. He also facilitates the resolution process of non-gender related discrimination complaints (i.e. race, ethnicity, age, nationality, etc.).

New Partnership

In addition, BW has entered into a vital partnership which places the specialized, confidential services of a trauma counselor and victim advocate from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC), with weekly hours, at the Health Center on the BW campus, including drop-in Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. CRCC's 24-hour hotline 216-619-6192 provides round-the-clock access to support. This partnership allows those affected by sexual misconduct to have access to help while determining their best path to wellness.

Reducing Sexual Misconduct and Supporting Survivors

BW has developed several policy statements which articulate our standards of equity include the following:

Community Standards of Conduct

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Non-Discrimination Policy

Employee Handbook Policy on Amorous or Sexual Relations with Students and Subordinates

All members of our University community are required to live up to the standards communicated in these documents.

All University employees with the exception of staff employed in counseling or ministerial roles are required to report sexual misconduct of which they become aware. This reporting includes the names of individuals reporting and the accused if known.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

If you or someone you know has been subject to sexual misconduct or other forms of discrimination, the following reporting options are available:

· Charles (CJ) Harkness, Title IX Coordinator, President’s Office, Bonds Hall, 440-826-2426, charknes@bw.edu

· The online BW Sexual Misconduct & Bias Incident Form (follow this link)

· The BW Discrimination Investigators:

o Nancy Gussett, Associate Professor of Psychology, (440) 826-2027, ngussett@bw.edu

o Janet Leonard, Director of Benefits, 440-826-2219, jleonard@bw.edu,

o Jay T. Hairston, Assistant Dean of Students , 440-826-2157, jhairsto@bw.edu

o Victor Snyder Investigator, Safety & Security, 440-826-2336, vsnyder@bw.edu

o Gerrie Paino, Program Coord., Academic Affairs, 440-826-2111, gpaino@bw.edu

· BW Student Conduct, Office of Residence Life, Heritage Hall, 440-826-2381, bbeyer@bw.edu

· Department of Safety and Security, 24 hour Dispatch, 440-826-2377

Education and Training Required for All BW Employees

In addition to this notice, the University is providing additional training for all employees. All University departments will be asked to complete an online training through EVREFI, a company which provides a comprehensive training catalogue. In the coming weeks, all faculty, staff and administration will receive a notice that a course entitled “Haven for Faculty and Staff” has been made available for them to complete. This training is similar to the one that all first year students are required to take prior to the start of their first semester. Finally, BW’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention Task Force will continue to carry out efforts to raise awareness, implement prevention strategies and develop partnerships which strengthen our community for all.

Cultural Competence Education Required for All Students

Students must complete one course designated as meeting the domestic diversity requirement. Courses that fulfill the Diversity requirement have a significant amount of course content devoted to the analysis of domestic diversity, such as culture, race, religion, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, and social class. Courses that fulfill the Diversity requirement meet at least one of the following criteria:

Help students understand the historical or contemporary experiences of underrepresented groups in U.S. society.
Introduce students to the ways in which diversity in America enriches our intellectual, social and cultural lives.
Assist students in their preparation for both professional and civic life, by providing them perspective and insight on the diversity they will encounter in their workplaces and communities.
Provide students the foundation for asking and answering insightful questions about the ways in which diverse peoples interact with each other and the consequences of these interactions.

Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Please also see the BW Catalog at: http://catalog.bw.edu/content.php?catoid=7&navoid=291 for the description of diversity courses offered at the university.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Charles Harkness, Chief Diveristy Officer of the Center for Inclusion, for providing the background information necessary to complete this section of the report.

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