Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.50
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date July 25, 2012
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Denison University
PAE-8: Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus?:

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

Denison has a strong office of Multi-Cultural Affairs that seeks to provide support and programming to under-represented groups within the student body.

Programs and organizations on campus that reach out to and include under-represented groups within the student body include:

Black Student Union - An educational, political and social organization whose main purpose is to serve as a support mechanism for students of African descent.

Denison International Students Association (DISA) - A group of students and faculty (American and International) who are interested in the exchange of cultural ideas.

Asian-Culture Club (ACC) - Serves the needs and interests of its members by providing programs and opportunities for discussion of Asian-American issues.

Sustained Dialogue - A student-run, nationally recognized organization that takes an action-oriented and dialogue-based approach to confronting racism, sexism and homophobia, amongst other issues, in the Denison community. The organization's main goal is to create an understanding amongst students of different backgrounds, thus creating safe and comfortable campus environment for all people including students, faculty, and staff.

La Fuerza Latina - A Latino student organization designed to enrich the academic, social and cultural experience for Hispanic/Latino students at Denison as well as the general student body.

Outlook - A program that is dedicated to educate the campus about Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender issues.

Women's Emphasis - Female and male students who are concerned with the status of Women on our campus. The group tries to make the campus more aware of the problems as well as the opportunities facing women and men today.

Support Services-

Besides the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, Denison offers the following student services to assists students from under-represented groups on campus.

* The Office of Academic Support
* The Department of Affirmative Action
* The Counseling Center
* The Peer Advisory Network (PAN)
* The Residence Hall Staff
* The Office of Religious Life


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

There are a number of faculty-run groups on campus that serve under-represented faculty. Among these are FOCIF - Faculty of Color and International Faculty, the Black Caucus, and Committee W (women). These groups provide peer-to-peer support, are advocates for social change and awareness, and in some cases provide training for the faculty.

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

Through the Human Resources Department, a number of resources and programs have been developed to support under-represented groups within the faculty. A Diversity Guide was developed for employees and those seeking employment: http://www.denison.edu/offices/provost/diversity_guide.html The HR Website includes an entire section on Diversity and Equity: http://www.denison.edu/offices/diversity/index.html

The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :

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