Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.41
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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Denison University
PA-6: Support 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, 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:

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


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:

Denison University’s Response Protocol for Bias and Hate-Related Incidents

Denison University is committed to being an inclusive community that is welcoming to all – a place that recognizes and celebrates difference. When an individual or group is disrespected or subjected to discrimination or other mistreatment because of a particular characteristic or their actual or perceived group membership, it has a negative effect on the entire campus community. Every student, staff and faculty member has a rightful place at Denison and reported incidents of violence, intimidation, bullying, harassment and hate will be addressed with the intention of seeking a resolution that strengthens our community and upholds its members in their diversity.

Student Development's Response Protocol for Bias and Hate-Related Incidents was created in June 2013 in order to have a mechanism for responding in a consistent and comprehensive manner to bias-related incidents that occur between students. Students, staff and faculty members were involved in the development and implementation of this protocol.

Denison Campus Reporting (CARE) Advisors are members of university staff and teaching faculty who have received specialized training to help students report and address incidents of disrespect, either as a harmed party or alleged offender. These include incidents of bias-related behavior, violence towards others, and sexual misconduct. CARE Advisors are also available to students involved in other types of conduct matters. A harmed party reporting a bias-related incident to a Denison CARE Advisor may choose to be unnamed in a report unless something poses a threat to the campus community, someone is in immediate danger and/or menacing and/or a felony crime has occurred. Denison CARE Advisors are private resources, meaning that they only share information with those who need to know the information to do their jobs proficiently. Harmed parties and alleged offenders who are named in the same bias-related report will work with different Denison CARE Advisors.

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?:

Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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