Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.34
Liaison John Stolz
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Duquesne University
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.83 / 3.00 Mary Kate Ranii
Program Administrator
Center for Environmental Research & Education (CERE)
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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:

Duquesne University is motivated by its Catholic identity and values equality of opportunity, human, dignity, racial, cultural and ethnic diversity, both as an educational institution and as an employer.

Accordingly, the University prohibits and does not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of a person's race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic history, Veteran status, or disability. Duquesne University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission statement.

This policy applies to all program and activities of the University, including, but not limited to, admission and employment practices, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic or other University-sponsored programs.

This is a commitment by the University in accordance with its religious values and applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Nothing herein, however, should be interpreted as a waiver by the University of its own Constitutional and legal rights based upon its religious affiliation.

Please find more information here: https://www.duq.edu/about/departments-and-offices/university-compliance

Find more information regarding non-discrimination here: https://www.duq.edu/work-at-du/human-resources-home/the-administrative-policies-(taps)/30-affirmative-action-equal-educational-and-employment-opportunity-and-human-relations-in-the-workplace-and-classroom

Find more information regarding gender discrimination policies here: https://www.duq.edu/work-at-du/human-resources-home/the-administrative-policies-(taps)/31-sexual-misconduct-and-gender-discrimination


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

The Bias Education Response Team was formed in 2020 serves as an essential tool for education and restorative work within our campus culture. Respect and civility are key components of our Catholic Spiritan values. The BERT will uphold our mission by bringing incidents of bias to the University’s attention while supplementing existing policies and procedures in response to such complaints. While not a disciplinary body, the BERT will provide education and restorative responses to incidents of bias. It will also provide important opportunities to engage people who act in biased ways, as well as the people affected by such behavior, to help restore feelings of belonging.

The Team will now begin its essential work to develop appropriate processes, raise awareness and provide support and guidance related to incidents of bias.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Bridge To College Program
In collaboration with the Admissions Department, the Annual Bridge To College Program invites local area high school students in to provide a glimpse into life as a potential member of the Duquesne University Community. Interactive sessions with current students, faculty members and senior leadership members are included in the event schedule.

The Office of Human Resources also has a Diversity Recruiting Plan that outlines their actions in the same space. For student recruitment, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion works with the Office of Admissions on a handful of events including the Bridge To College Program for specific recruitment of students from underrepresented groups. For Faculty and Staff recruitment, the Office of Human Resources publishes a number of tools to help managers find and recruit diverse candidates. This toolbox is located on the Duquesne University Intranet (DORI).

The Duquesne University Faculty Senate has a Subcommittee dedicated to recruiting Faculty & Administrative Diversity.


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

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Duquesne University's Center for Student Wellbeing has launched The Village, a virtual support group that provides a space for Duquesne African American students to freely express themselves and receive support concerning racial stress and the complexities around being Black in America.

The Minority Development Internship Program mentors, counsels those who are a part of that specific program. Members from underrepresented groups can approach the Counseling and Well-Being Center for their needs as well.

A Four-Part series held in the Fall semester, the Office of Diversity and Includstion Student Development Series seeks to stimulate the development of our student leaders through a variety of relevant topics and issues. Topics include: Success In The New Generation, Networking, Business & Personal Etiquette for Success and Defining Your Purpose.

In October 2014, the Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium (GPHEDC) was formed to better assist and develop a robust investment on the critical issues impacting diversity and inclusion in higher education throughout the Pittsburgh region. Housed in the Office of Diversity Inclusion at Duquesne University, the consortium is focused on sharing best practices, resources, and promoting activities that cultivate professional development, leadership development and student success at a variety of higher education institutions. The Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium (GPHEDC) is dedicated to guiding and facilitating transformative change to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in support of academic excellence and educational opportunities at colleges and universities in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Duquesne University is proud to host a chapter of GPHEDC on campus.

Bridge To College Program
In collaboration with the Admissions Department, the Annual Bridge To College Program invites local area high school students in to provide a glimpse into life as a potential member of the Duquesne University Community. Interactive sessions with current students, faculty members and senior leadership members are included in the event schedule.

The Minority Development Internship Program:
Duquesne University's commitment to fostering diversity on its campus led to the call for more under-represented groups, women and minorities, in leadership roles in the institution's 2003-2008 strategic plan. This plan also aligns closely with the University's mission statement, which references concern for moral and spiritual values through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity. The Minority Development Internship Program was created to provide employment opportunities to unemployed or underemployed college-educated minorities through compensated, full-time temporary employment. The program launched in fall of 2007 with the selection of two interns.

The Diversity and Inclusion Fair was an opportunity for community members to engage and be inspired by what is offered for our students, faculty and staff. We want all who work and study at Duquesne to know that their contributions matter, and that they will be supported in achieving their full potential. Building an environment of inclusion is stitched into the fabric of our mission, and integrated into our shared Spiritan values. We hope that you will learn and enjoy celebrating our wonderfully diverse community.

Duquesne University also hosts the Minority Professional Development Leadership Program (MPDLP) for staff. The Office of Human Resources houses Employee Relations and Anti-Discrimination staff to ensure that employees can report and find solutions for discrimination or conflicts.


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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