Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.19
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 14, 2017
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Colorado College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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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:

The College‘s Anti-Discrimination Policy states that the institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sex, age, religion, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or sexual orientation in its educational programs and activities or employment practices, and outlines the responsibility of individuals to report instances of discrimination.

https://www.coloradocollege.edu/basics/welcome/leadership/policies/the-colorado-college-notice-of-non-discrimination


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):

Complaint Procedure: If you believe there has been a violation of the non-discrimination policies listed above, report the incident to any of the following individuals who have been designated to handle inquiries regarding violations of the College’s non-discrimination policies:

Gail Murphy-Geiss
Office: Palmer 131A
Phone: 719-389-6868
gmurphygeiss@coloradocollege.edu

Rochelle Mason
Office: Worner Center 230
Phone: 719-389-6800
RMason@coloradocollege.edu

Barbara Wilson
Office: Spencer Center 100
Phone: 719-389-6421
bwilson@coloradocollege.edu

The College will promptly investigate the matter and take appropriate corrective action when necessary. Complaints concerning sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual conduct will be handled through the procedures outlined in the College’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures. All other Complaints of discrimination will be handled through the procedures outlined in the College’s Anti-Discrimination Policies and Procedures. Your complaint will be kept as confidential as practicable. The College prohibits retaliation against any individual for filing a complaint or assisting in a complaint investigation. If you perceive retaliation for making a complaint or your participation in the investigation, please report the incident to any of the individuals listed above.

https://www.coloradocollege.edu/basics/welcome/leadership/policies/anti-discrimination-policies-and-procedures


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:

The Bridge Scholars program presents accepted students with multiple opportunities to engage with student and faculty mentors, attend personal and academic growth events, and create life-long friendship with their peers. The curriculum of the two week intensive course is designed specifically to motivate students with diverse interests and strengths, while assisting their transition from high school to college life. When recruiting students, the Bridge Scholars program takes in to account if the student is among the first in their family to attend college, if the student is a member of the QuestBridge program, other community programs, or the CC fly-in program, and the educational resources, enrichment opportunities, and mentoring resources available at the student's high school.

The Short Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons is an internship that is federally funded by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). STEP-UP is particularly interested in increasing the participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.

The Diversity and Equity Advisory Board serves as an advisory group to the President of the College and the Cabinet on all matters related to diversity and equity regarding staff and faculty. The board promotes and nurtures an inclusive campus culture that values different backgrounds, experiences, ideas and opinions, recognizing the various intersections of identities that make up the CC community. Its work helps ensure that the College addresses on a continuing basis all of the possible implications of the protections as stated in our anti-discrimination policy statement. One role of the Diversity and Equity Advisory Board is to promote the development of a campus climate that values diversity and equity in hiring and retention across all departments and levels of the college.

The Riley-Scholars program brings in scholars of underrepresented groups and works to mentor them through the process of their dissertation and in ultimately pursuing careers in academia


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?:
Yes

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

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

The Butler Center works to promote an atmosphere of inclusivity on the Colorado College campus. The Butler Center offers workshops upon request and provides a series of programs relating to issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age and ability. Programming includes meetings among leaders of student minority groups; a host family and mentoring program targeting first-generation students, international students, LGBTQIA+ students, American ethnic minorities, and students of color; meetings and events for first generation students; international student orientation; cabin retreats, barbecues, and entertainment for international students. Furthermore, the Butler Center advises of number of different student groups including the Asian Student Union, the Black Student Union, the Disabilities Awareness Group, FemCo, the First Generation Program, the Korean-American Student Association, the Hawaii Club, the Minority Association for Pre-Health Students, the Multicultural Organization of Students, the Native American Student Union, Queer CC, Students for the Awareness of South Asia, SOMOS, Ubuntu, and the Friends of CC Host Family Program. Ultimately, the Butler Center seeks to invest in the cultivation of an inclusive campus community where the differences and similarities of every individual are valued and explored through learning, mentoring, advising, facilitating dialogues, and providing a myriad of community-building activities. Butler Center services are available to students, faculty, and staff.


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 Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program reflects the conviction that a strong minority presence on the faculty of a liberal arts college benefits the entire community. Scholars of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American ethnic identity afford the College a diversity of experience and perspective otherwise difficult to attain. The Riley-Scholars program brings in scholars of underrepresented groups and works to mentor them through the process of their dissertation and in ultimately pursuing careers in academia. By their presence as well as their knowledge, not only do these scholars help to create diversity within the teaching staff on campus and help to enlarge the world of their students and colleagues but also support students of underrepresented groups as they too pursue future careers in academia.
Academic departments collaborate with the Dean and the President to recruit promising Riley Scholars-in-Residence candidates to provide minority scholars with dissertation and post-doctoral fellowships and to encourage them to pursue careers in undergraduate teaching. Riley Scholars teach two or three courses per year, receive funds to support research and interact regularly with the Colorado College community. Colorado College boasts one of the largest and most successful Riley Scholars program in the country. After completing this program many Riley Scholars continue on to be hired as tenure faculty either at Colorado College or other academic institutions across the country. Currently, there are six Riley Scholar positions filled for the 2015-2016 academic year.

A talent acquisition manager serves in CC's Human Resources department to ensure that the institution does all it can to hire and retain a highly talented, diverse staff and faculty.


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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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