|Submission Date||March 1, 2017|
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
|2.75 / 3.00||
Assistant Director of Sustainability and Special Projects
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
Baylor University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws. Baylor University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Baylor University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities, and it does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex or gender. This policy prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, intimate partner violence, and retaliation (collectively referred to in this policy as prohibited conduct). These forms of prohibited conduct are harmful to the well-being of our community and its members, the learning and working environment, and collegial relationships among our students, faculty, and staff.
Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):
Baylor University is committed to a caring and compassionate community. No university, however, is immune to problems of bias and prejudice. If you believe you have been subject to a bias-motivated act, one avenue to pursue is the Bias-Motivated Incident Support Team, or BMIST. BMIST operates with the support of the President's Office and consists of staff and faculty who have expertise in diversity issues and conflict resolution. BMIST meets regularly to discuss new and ongoing cases.
How the Team becomes involved in a case:
The Team may become involved in a case in several ways. Team members act as mediators between those involved in an incident and, if necessary, advocate for changes that will reduce bias on campus. Referral to other resources on campus, such as the Counseling Center, the Office of Multicultural Activities, Student Judicial Services, the Office of Spiritual Life, the office of General Council and the Ombudsman for Students is another function of the Team. The Team provides intervention during times of crisis and speaks to campus groups about bias.
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
From the guiding document Pro Futuris: Baylor will be a community recognized for Transformational Education... Where academic excellence and life-changing experiences ignite leadership potential that increases our students' desire for wisdom, understanding of calling, and preparation for service in a diverse and interconnected global society. See below websites for more info.
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
Baylor's departments of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Access and Learning Accommodations, and Academic Support Programs provide support to underrepresented groups on campus within the student body.
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?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
Campus Diversity Enhancement Grant: By its nature, a university reflects unity within diversity. The purpose of the Campus Diversity Committee is to promote diversity as a strength, as a core element in academic excellence, and as a reflection of a caring Christian community. The Campus Diversity Committee, with the support of the Office of the President, seeks to ensure an academic environment that welcomes, recognizes, respects and celebrates the personal heritage of all campus constituents. The Committee should emphasize efforts to strengthen community at Baylor.
Individuals (students, staff and faculty), organizations and programs are invited to submit grant proposals that would strengthen and promote respect for diversity through innovative leadership and service, or policies, practices, events and programs designed to enhance a climate of understanding and respect throughout the campus community.
Priority in funding will be given to proposals that are designed to: demonstrate diversity as strength and a core element of academic excellence
Diversity Enhancement Award: The Award is given to individuals (staff and faculty), organizations or programs within Baylor University that strengthen and promote respect for diversity through innovative leadership and service or practices and programs designed to enhance a climate of understanding and respect throughout the campus community.
Nominations for this internal award are accepted from students, faculty and staff of Baylor University.
Baylor's Academy for Teaching and Learning: Baylor University’s Academy for Teaching and Learning (ATL) has a two-fold mission: globally, to support and inspire a flourishing community of learning; locally, to promote the integration of teaching, scholarship, collegiality, and service in a Christian environment. This pursuit of wholeness reflects the University’s pursuit of personal and academic integrity: the integrated person in the integrated community.
The School of Education (SOE) will award more than $400,000 in departmental scholarships to undergraduate students for the next academic year. Unlike other assistance available from Baylor University financial aid resources, these endowed scholarships are awarded solely by the School of Education.
All School of Education scholarships are available for incoming freshmen through graduating seniors, but students must apply each year. http://www.baylor.edu/soe/index.php?id=935321
Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.