Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 2.00 Heather Albert-Knopp
Dean of Admission
Office of Admission
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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?:
Yes

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:

College of the Atlantic's phase one strategic plan for diversity, inclusion, and equity formed the DEI Oversight, Accountability, and Resource (OAR) Team. This task force of faculty, staff, and students is responsible for facilitating and overseeing the implementation of our phase one DEI strategic plan, as well as providing resources to groups on campus, and developing a second phase strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on campus.

In addition, in 2021 the college created a new position, the Diversity and Inclusion fellow, a full-time position shared between College of the Atlantic and Sterling College in Vermont. The D&I Fellow provides support to efforts on campus, and coordinates classes and workshops/trainings for students, staff, and faculty related to topics like belonging, ableism, antiracism, and more.


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

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

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

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

We offer antiracism/structural racism and belonging workshops as part of our new student orientation for all incoming students in the fall term. In addition, workshops offered for staff, faculty, and students this year include one on creating a culture of belonging, and workshop series related to ableism and neurodivergence, trans ally-ship, whiteness and white supremacy, and class and capitalism in higher education. Additional workshops just for faculty/academic staff have included a curriculum workshop on diversifying ecological thinking and action, executive skills for students, first generation student success, and antiracist pedagogy.

Over the past three years the college has also sent groups of faculty, staff, students, and administrators to participate in multi-day courses on systemic racism conducted by the Racial Equity Institute. And in 2020-2021 we offered optional (but strongly encouraged) workshops for all staff and faculty on bias, microaggressions, and being an upstander.


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