Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.28
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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California State University, Northridge
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Susan Hua
Director of Equity and Diversity
Equity and Diversity
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:

The Center on Disabilities sponsors assistive technology training programs to expand the awareness of professionals and introduce newcomers to the disability field, as well as hosts the largest international conference focused on the field of assistive technology.

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) provides students with qualifying disabilities accommodations for classes, alternate formats of textbooks and course materials, in-class note takers, and engages in training and outreach to the CSUN campus community in order to empower students with disabilities, nurture independence and promote achievement to reach their full potential.

The International and Exchange Student Center provides services to newly admitted and continuing international and visa students and participants of the study abroad program.

The National Center on Deafness provides academic advisement, communication access, direct communication classes, leadership opportunities scholarships and tutoring for deaf and hard of hearing students.

The Veterans Resource Center assists students as they transition from military service to academic success by promoting academic, personal and professional development of student veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard and their dependents through supportive services, resources and community building events.

The Pride Center supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and questioning students, faculty and staff through programming and educational outreach as well as advocacy for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community.

The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:
Does the institution have a discrimination response policy and/or team (or the equivalent) 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 policy, program and/or team:

CSUN is deeply committed to maintaining a learning and work environment in which every student and employee is treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the University complies with all federal and state regulations relating to non-discrimination, including prohibiting retaliation against individuals for reporting or participating in an investigation of discrimination or harassment.

CSU Executive Order 1096 (applicable to employees and third parties) and CSU Executive Order 1097 (applicable to students) set forth the CSU’s systemwide policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation (including sexual misconduct) and the systemwide procedure for providing an equitable and prompt response to any such allegations via informal resolution or through a formal investigative process.

The University also complies with the CSU Systemwide Guidelines for Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Programs in Employment – Executive Order 1088, which explicitly affirms the CSU’s commitment to non-discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

CSUN’s Office of Equity and Diversity (E&D) affirms CSUN’s commitment to the core principles of diversity and inclusion, as well as enforces policies and procedures that prohibit discrimination, harassment and retaliation. E&D also works strategically with campus partners to provide educational programming and training for the new freshman class, incoming transfer students, student clubs and organizations, employees, colleges and department units on a wide range of issues such as: (1) discrimination and harassment based on a protected category; (2) prevention and campus response to incidents of gender discrimination, including sexual misconduct; and (3) retaliation. The Director of E&D serves as the campus Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for coordinating compliance with CSU Executive Orders, Title IX, Violence Against Women Act/Sexual Violence Elimination Act and other state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on gender or sex. The Director of E&D also serves as the ADA Coordinator and is responsible for the initial review and processing of employee requests for disability accommodations.

In 2014, CSUN established the President’s Committee on Sexual Violence Prevention to coordinate and promote effective campus efforts toward the prevention and elimination of sexual violence. Additionally, CSUN is currently 1 of 14 universities in the nation to participate in a pilot program with the Culture of Respect and its team of experts to employ research-informed leading practices in campus sexual violence prevention. The “Shine a Light” campaign was launched in Fall 2014 to bring awareness to issues of sexual violence and gender-based violence and abuse. In July 2015, CSUN, in partnership with Strength United (a chartered center of the College of Education), provided the CSUN community with a confidential, full-time dedicated sexual assault victim advocate.

The website URL where more information about the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team is available:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

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

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