Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.34
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2014
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Emory University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Emily Cumbie-Drake
Sustainability Programs Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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:

The Emory Advisory Council on Community and Diversity (ACCD) was launched in the fall of 2012 to replace Emory's three president’s commissions. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), the President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity (PCORE), and the President’s Commission on Sexuality, Gender Diversity, and Queer Equality (PCSGDQE) were established in 1976, 1979, and 1995, respectively. They were created to advise the university president on diversity-related issues. Their contributions and recommendations helped establish the Center for Women, the Office of LGBT Life, and the Office of Community and Diversity in addition to many other programs and policies. http://provost.emory.edu/documents/community/accd2014-summary-report.pdf

The Committee on Class and Labor has its roots in conversations that began at Emory University in the spring of 2010, when students began raising awareness of their concerns about contract labor on campus. A number of faculty members also sought to deepen the community’s interest in these matters. These conversations and activities led to the creation of this committee. http://www.employeecouncil.emory.edu/documents/Class%20and%20Labor%20Report%20Summary%20Slides.pdf
The Office of Disability Services provides accommodations for students, faculty, and staff to provide a full and rich living, learning, and working experience. Services provided include alternative testing, note taking, interpreting, advocacy, and mobility and transportation services. the office ensures that all matters of equal access, reasonable accommodation, and compliance are properly addressed. http://www.ods.emory.edu/

The Center for Women at Emory benefits the university and community constituencies by promoting gender equity and inclusion, developing women leaders, and providing education on gender issues. The Center for Women brings people together to share information, ideas, and resources as we work toward positive individual, institutional, and global transformation. They serve faculty, staff, students, and alumni. http://womenscenter.emory.edu/

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) protects historical, legal, and ethical principles of openness and non-discrimination while advancing a broad vision of inclusion in which all members of the Emory community and guests are welcomed and have an opportunity to participate fully. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) was established in 1978 to ensure that Emory University operates in an environment which is free from discrimination and harassment. EOP monitors Emory's hiring processes and procedures and assists departments with recruiting and hiring practices designed to support access, equity and inclusion. http://www.emory.edu/president/governance/equal-opportunity.html

International Student/Scholar Program (ISSP)- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) promotes global education through services and support for the international population and the wider Emory community. The ISSP staff members, separately or in tandem with a variety of organizations serve international students and/or scholars and provide a number of ongoing cultural and social programs throughout the academic year. ISSP's goal is to provide positive international educational exchange through all of their services. To this end, we facilitate the enrollment of international students and the exchange and employment of international faculty and staff, ensuring institutional compliance with federal, state and local laws, rules, and regulations. They are dedicated to assisting international students and scholars in achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals through advocacy, consulting, and training with University partners, government agencies, and the international education community. http://www.emory.edu/isss/about_issp/

The Office of Multicultural Programs & Services (OMPS) facilitates the creation of an affirming and equitable community of care while supporting and engaging in the development of students of all racial identities. Their vision is to be a model of inclusion and cultural competency which empowers students to succeed, to share learning experiences through inter-cultural dialogue, and build collaborative relationships in a vibrant, socially just, diverse university community. OMPS has programs which emphasize cross-cultural competence to students, faculty, staff, academic departments, parents, and community groups. Their programs include, but are not limited to: Unity Month, Heritage Months, Multicultural Mondays, Crossroads (a first-year community building program), Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory (MORE) mentoring program, and Intersections (a program for upper-division students aim at developing student capacity for cultural humility, leadership, and collaboration by identifying tools for inclusive leadership and considering the impact of the intersection of identities). http://www.emory.edu/MULTICULTURAL/

The Senate Diversity Committee has the following objectives: (1) to provide a more comprehensive view of the University’s offices and initiatives responsible for strengthening diversity at Emory and to facilitate discussion and communication between offices and groups around these initiatives; (2) to encourage diversity considerations in the formation of all University Senate committees; and (3) to publicize events on campus that have a strong diversity component. http://www.senate.emory.edu/home/committees/Senate%20Diversity.html

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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:

The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of unlawful harassment and discrimination. Pursuant to the University’s commitment to a fair and open campus environment and in accordance with federal law, Emory cannot and will not tolerate discrimination against or harassment of any individual or group based upon race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law. Emory University welcomes and promotes an open and genuinely diverse environment. 

Emory encourages anyone who has knowledge of discrimination on campus to report alleged violations of this policy. Because discriminatory harassment interferes with the University’s educational mission and may be unlawful, anyone who becomes aware of discrimination or discriminatory harassment committed by member of the faculty, staff, administration, student body, a vendor, a contractor, guest or patron on campus, is encouraged to report the harassment to the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs. The Director of Equal Opportunity Programs is also the University Title IX Coordinator.

Emory faculty, administrators and supervisors are required to immediately report any employment complaints they receive or incidents of discrimination or discriminatory harassment they witness, to their immediate report or to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (or an alternate investigator, where appropriate) will promptly, fairly and thoroughly investigate all timely claims of harassment and discrimination, regardless of whether such complaints are reduced to writing. All complaints of discrimination and harassment will be treated in the strictest confidence possible under the particular circumstances.

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?:

Publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus: http://www.lgbt.emory.edu/trans/bathrooms_facilities.html

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