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

STARS v2.2

Baldwin Wallace University
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Franklin Lebo
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Baldwin Wallace University Non-Discrimination Policy:
"As reflected in the University’s vision, mission, core values and strategic plan Baldwin Wallace challenges its students and employees to live out the spirit of inclusion in their daily pursuits. We maintain that the value of the diversity reflected at BW is far greater than the sum of its parts.
To this end, in concert with the principle of “Respect for Persons” as outlined in our Community
Standards of Conduct, Baldwin Wallace University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on
race or ethnicity, marital status, sex, age, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment of members of the University community falls short of our community standards and will not be tolerated.
When a person believes that they or others have been the victim of discrimination or harassment they
should report the incident as soon as possible. Based on the nature of the incident, the University will choose the appropriate response mechanism and do its best to address the situation in a timely manner with care and transparency. Response mechanisms include but are not limited to inquiries performed by the Discrimination Investigators and referrals to Student Conduct."

The Baldwin Wallace Non-Discrimination Policy Statement is available at:
https://www.bw.edu/Assets/policies/policy-equal-opportunity-harassment-nondiscrimination.pdf


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

Welcome to Baldwin Wallace University's Online Incident Report Form

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, a bias incident or hate crime, or have witnessed a potential policy violation, please use this submission form to report the incident. If the incident is ongoing or if there is physical evidence pertaining to the incident (e.g. a rape kit, graffiti, a letter, electronic communications, etc.), please call Safety and Security immediately at (440) 826.2336. Do not tamper with any evidence: e.g. keep the voice mail messages or e-mail messages; do not shower (in the case of a sexual assault); do not wash away any graffiti; do not clean or touch vandalism, etc.

https://fs22.formsite.com/bwtest1/form120/

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 launched a Strategic Partnership and Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign to increase awareness, prevention and support at BW. This vital new partnership, one of the first in the region, 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 Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CRCC’s 24-hour hotline 216-619-6192 provides round-the-clock access to support.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

1. THE BLACK FORUM The Black Forum advocates on behalf of black faculty and staff and other people of color.
On an annual basis, the forum takes part in sponsoring and in collaboratively working with the BW community to ensure the following goals are carried out: Promote the interests of black faculty and staff
Offer assistance to the University with the recruitment of black and other faculty and staff of color
Assist in welcoming and orienting new black faculty, staff and students, and other people of color
Serve as a resource bureau of informed people for Baldwin Wallace University and the broader community. Each year a newly elected executive board is charged to promote community dignity and respect in the community in the spirit of the ancestors which include previous African Americans who have given their careers to the mission of Baldwin Wallace University. (For more information visit: https://www.bw.edu/about/diversity/.)

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Kenneth Atchinson, Treasurer
katchins@bw.edu

2. The TRIO Upward Bound program is a college preparatory program for high school students from low-income households who have the potential to be first-generation college students. In existence at Baldwin Wallace since 1968, Upward Bound gives participants the tools they need to achieve their highest potential. As a TRIO program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, all services are free to participants.

https://www.bw.edu/community/upward-bound/

3. Baldwin Wallace Honors Program - Minds Matter Summer Program

Minds Matter of Cleveland, a 100 percent volunteer-run nonprofit organization, is forging a new partnership with Baldwin Wallace University to provide a shared, immersive summer experience for enrolled students following their sophomore year of high school.

Minds Matter of Cleveland provides intensive academic programming, ACT test preparation, college admissions counseling and mentoring services to high-performing high school students from low-income backgrounds on the path to college enrollment.

https://www.bw.edu/news/2015/minds-matter-camp


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

THE BLACK FORUM
The Black Forum advocates on behalf of black faculty and staff and other people of color. In the spirit of maintaining harmony and diversity, and furthering the University's mission, we are committed to helping the University be responsive to the needs of blacks and other people of color to ensure that the aforementioned community is equitably represented at BW.

On an annual basis, the forum takes part in sponsoring and in collaboratively working with the BW community to ensure the following goals are carried out:

Promote the interests of black faculty and staff
Offer assistance to the University with the recruitment of black and other faculty and staff of color
Assist in welcoming and orienting new black faculty, staff and students, and other people of color
Serve as a resource bureau of informed people for Baldwin Wallace University and the broader community
MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION
The membership of the Black Forum shall be open to all full and part-time faculty and staff at Baldwin Wallace University whose primary concerns include, but are not limited to, increasing awareness of issues and concerns of blacks and other people of color.

Each year a newly elected executive board is charged to promote community dignity and respect in the community in the spirit of the ancestors which include previous African Americans who have given their careers to the mission of Baldwin Wallace University.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Kenneth Atchinson, Treasurer
katchins@bw.edu

STUDENT SERVICES (For hyperlinks to the organizational homepages below please visit: https://www.bw.edu/about/diversity/)

Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES)
Admission
BW Scholars (for high school students)
Disability Services
Diversity Aid/Scholarships
First-Year Student Scholarships
Transfer and Adult Student Scholarships
Scholarships from Outside Resources
ROTC Scholarships
Learning Assistance
Upward Bound (for high school students)
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Allies (Gay/Straight Alliance)
Black Student Alliance (BSA)
Hillel Foundation for Jewish campus life
Hispanic American Student Association (HASA)
Middle Eastern Culture Club (MECC)
Muslim Student Association
People of Color United (POCU)
POWRE (Women's resources)
Voices of Praise (VOP) gospel choir
Faith-based organizations
Other cultural organizations
PROFESSIONAL AFFINITY GROUPS
Black Forum
UNIDOS
RESOURCES
Adult, Transfer, and Military Services
First-Year Experience
Diversity Affairs
LGBT Services
International Student Services
Multicultural Student Services


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

The university sponsors ABD fellows for two-year appointments who come from underrepresented populations. These individuals are given a 50% teaching load (two courses per semester), half-salary, and full benefits, and are assigned a faculty mentor to assist them with the transition to teaching undergraduates and to help them with balancing writing and teaching, and also with the various other pulls on a faculty member’s time. These fellows have full rights and privileges of faculty members while on campus.


Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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SAFE ZONE PROJECT
The Safe Zone project at Baldwin Wallace is a visible sign of the institution’s commitment to creating and sustaining an environment of support, respect and dignity for all members of the campus community. Safe Zone stickers signify an individual who has been trained to provide resources for students within the LGBT community. Areas on campus displaying the Safe Zone stickers are easily identifiable places for LGBT individuals to turn and be assured of understanding and support. Safe Zone sticker holders include faculty and staff who have confirmed their support and affirmation of the LGBT community by attending a 2-hour training session and agreeing to display a sticker in their office.

or Faculty and Staff: Training sessions began during the spring semester of 2017.

GENDER-INCLUSIVE RESTROOMS
Baldwin Wallace University affirms our commitment to diversity in a variety of forms. Gender-inclusive restrooms may be used by any person regardless of gender identity or expression.

Gender-inclusive restroom map

COMMUNITY STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
BW requires that all members of the university community and its guests be treated with dignity and respect as stated in this policy.

SERVICES
Baldwin Wallace University is committed to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students. In keeping with the University's belief in the dignity and worth of all members of our campus community, BW supports and affirms students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

BW provides programming, resources, support and networking opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, as well as for straight supporters. In accordance with the University's mission to prepare students to become contributing, compassionate citizens, we encourage all members of the campus community to promote social justice and eliminate discrimination in all its forms.

Students who have been a victim of a bias incident or hate crime are encouraged to report the incident immediately.

ALLIES
Allies is the on-campus organization for straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to come together in an accepting, open environment and discuss issues that are of importance to the gay and straight communities. The focus of Allies is outreach and education.

LGBT SCHOLARSHIPS
Baldwin Wallace University offers two scholarships for members of the LGBT community and their supporters.

The LGBT Scholarship is graciously funded by BW alumnus and attorney John Kropf and his wife, Judy. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student member of the LGBT community who has attained junior or senior status and has demonstrated financial need.

The BW Humanitarian Award for Social Justice was instituted by Professor David Prok, a retired member of BW's department of sociology. The award is given annually to members of the BW campus community who make BW more hospitable, safe and accepting of minority members at the University.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Dr. Stephen Stahl, Provost, Charles Harkness, Chief Diversity Officer of the Center for Inclusion, and Shawn Salamone, Director of Public Information for University Relations, for providing the background information necessary to complete this section of the report.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.