Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Joan Pauly
Submission Date June 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Berea College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Joan Pauly
Sustainability Coordinator
Operations & 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:

http://catalog.berea.edu/en/Current/Tools/Compliance/Non-Discrimination-Policy
Non-Discrimination Policy

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of "impartial love" and social equality, welcomes "all peoples of the earth" to learn and work here. It is the policy of Berea College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, handicap, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, admissions practices, scholarship and loan programs, athletics and other school-administered activities or employment practices. This policy is in compliance with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regulations of the Internal Revenue Service, and all other applicable federal, state and local statutes, ordinances and regulations. (As adopted by the Board of Trustees, February 2001.)

Questions or complaints regarding discrimination should be referred to the office or committee responsible for the activity concerned. In addition, the College has appointed compliance officers under provision of law regarding sex and handicap discrimination. The Vice President for Operations and Sustainability is Section 504 Coordinator. Questions or complaints in the area of handicap discrimination should be referred to Derrick Singleton in 230 Lincoln Hall, at 859-985-3131. Sex discrimination questions or complaints may be directed to a Title VII/Title IX Coordinator by phone 859-228-2323 or by email TitleIX@berea.edu.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Berea College does have a discrimination response policy and office to respond to and support those who have experienced such incidents (Title VII/IX Officer, and the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion). Please see attached document for complete information.


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

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

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

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

In light of its historic founding and mission, Berea Colleges takes very seriously the need to diversify the faculty. Berea College has one of the most diverse faculties (of small private, liberal arts colleges). The Dean/AVP and the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion meet with all faculty and staff search chairs, shares information about how to diversify the pool, and requires that each search chair submit a report about the diversity of the pool before bringing any candidates to campus.

Additionally, there is new student recruitment attention paid to underrepresented groups such as Latino and African American communities located within our targeted recruitment area of Appalachia.


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

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Berea College provides excellent support for members of underrepresented groups (and for all Berea College students). This includes a Black Cultural Center which operates a Success Mentoring Program, as well as a Black Male Initiative, focusing on retention and matriculation of African American Males; the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, focusing on Berea’s historic commitment to Interracial Education; The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, focusing on all students from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Distressed Counties (with a particular foci on Appalachian Males); and the Louise and Francis Hutchins Center for International Education, which focuses both on our international student population (7-10% of Berea College students are F1 international), as well as providing our domestic students with a variety of programming and opportunities for international study abroad).


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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