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Endicott 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:

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other applicable non-discrimination laws, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin, ethnicity or veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by federal or state law, in the employment or in the application, admission, operation, participation, access and treatment of employees and students in any of the College’s programs and activities.

https://www.endicott.edu/accessibility


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):

Formal complaints, concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment, sexual assault and/or feelings that a student has been offended by another community member should be referred to the Title IX coordinator. Students are also encouraged to report complaints of harassment or discrimination to the Director of Campus Safety, Assistant Dean of Students, College Ombudsperson, the Director of Personnel, or the Director of Counseling.

The College supports those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime directly through several departments/offices including Student Affairs, Resident Life, Counseling Center, Human Resources, and Spiritual Life.

The College's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force continues to develop new programs and responses to events on campus such as the Safe Zone Project. Since rolling out the campus-wide diversity and inclusion initiative, a total of 166 faculty and staff, and 128 students have been Safe Zone trained to offer support to those witnessing or experiencing discrimination on campus.

Thanks to Matt Bowman’s generous philanthropic commitment to Endicott in support of the The Jed Foundation (JED), the College partnered with JED Campus, a nationwide initiative designed to empower schools with a framework and customized support to enhance student mental health, suicide, and substance use/misuse prevention efforts. Bowman is the grandfather of an Endicott student and identified JED as an important organization that would benefit all students on campus.

By entering into a four-year strategic collaboration with JED Campus, clinicians and staff from the JED Campus team will identify opportunities to improve mental health efforts at Endicott and create positive, lasting, systematic chance in the campus community. Endicott is now one of 14 colleges in Massachusetts who have partnered with JED Campus.

Assistant Director of the Counseling Center at Endicott, Lindsey Shrayer, shares, “The JED Foundation is a pioneer when it comes to issues in mental health and suicide prevention, specifically among college students. This partnership will encourage the College to always strive to be better by strengthening our programs and closely examining the issues that are prevalent on Endicott’s campus. The tools and resources that we now have through this partnership will allow us to take a deep dive into our own population versus on a broader, national scale.”

The first task of the JED Campus partnership will be establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team that will include senior leadership. In the fall, a survey will be sent out to all students to do an assessment of not only mental health, but also upstander and bystander behaviors, and diversity and inclusion. That data will allow JED Campus to share a customized plan on how Endicott can improve upon current programs and initiatives.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
Endicott College is committed to establishing an environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment for all members of the Endicott community. The College prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental or veteran status, or any other protected class. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. SS 1681 et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance, including employment by such institutions. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 likewise prohibits discrimination in employment. It is important to understand that sex and gender discrimination includes sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence and other forms of sexual misconduct, as discussed below. The College complies with all federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination, including Title IX, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment.

INTERIM MEASURES: During the investigation and prior to a final determination, the Title IX Coordinator or designee may take appropriate interim measures to protect the complainant. These measures may include, but are not limited to, the imposition of a no-contact order and/or employment, transportation, residence, and academic modifications. The College may limit a student’s or organization’s access to certain College facilities or activities pending resolution of the matter. The College may impose an interim suspension of the respondent pending the resolution of an alleged violation when the College determines that it is necessary in order to protect the safety and well-being of members of the College community


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 College is committed to recruiting students from diverse backgrounds, and it is represented in a variety of initiatives from the Office of Admission. In the recruiting seasons the admission staff visits secondary schools and attends college fairs and other recruiting events attracting underrepresented populations. Each student offered admission from an underrepresented group is given careful consideration in the financial aid process, by reviewing each award individually by the Dean of Financial Aid and Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid. Further, the Inspire Award is a scholarship awarded annually to multiple first-generation students, many who are from underrepresented backgrounds. Additionally, the College's satellite campus in Boston participates in the El Mundo Career Expo event every March, which is the largest Latino career fair in New England.

To recruit staff and faculty from underrepresented groups, we use higheredjobs.com as our main advertising site and purchase a specific packet for diversity and inclusion advertising (see below for their description of this package). Many postings done online, if available, we boost with diversity advertising.

"Help recruit a diverse applicant pool with the HigherEdJobs Diversity and Inclusion Email. The email is sent weekly to 337,777 job seekers, featuring job postings from colleges and universities that are actively recruiting candidates in accordance with diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity policies. Also, your job posting will indicate it was included in our Diversity and Inclusion Email, reinforcing your institution's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and letting all qualified candidates know they are welcome at your school."

The College also posts adjunct faculty position openings on the Association of Black Psychologist job board, and are looking into posting adjunct positions with Diverse.


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?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

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

The following services were designed and are offered directly to students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Support Groups - Endicott has several support groups created to explore issues. Groups include the following topics: Grief & Loss, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/ or Questioning, Eating Issues & Body Image, Find Your Flock.

Colleges Advocating Respect Equality and Safety (CARES)
With a focus on relationships and the importance of respect and equality, CARES works closely with the Counseling Center to organize activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Areas of focus:
Relationship/dating violence
Sexual assault
Sexual harassment
Sexual health

Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL)
HEAL works closely with the Counseling Center to organize activities and events for Suicide Prevention Week, National Mental Illness Awareness Week, Depression Screening Day, and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Areas of focus:
Eating disorders and body image
Stress
Anxiety and depression
Suicide prevention

The following services were designed and are offered directly to students from underrepresented groups:

Adult Learners
Choose your destination. We’ll help you get there.
High-quality, flexible, undergraduate degree programs designed for busy people like you.
Finish your degree or get started on the one you’ve always wanted. Here you’ll find a community of students, advisors, and faculty that truly want you to succeed.
Our accelerated undergraduate programs are made for motivated, busy people like you — those raising families, caring for aging parents, full-time professionals, active military and veterans, immigrants, and first-generation college students. We offer:
Flexible options in Beverly, Boston, or online
A generous transfer policy — up to 85 credits
Affordable tuition and scholarships
Dedicated staff and personal advising
Career services and job placement support
Engaged professors offering dynamic learning environments
Carefully crafted curriculum with a strong foundation in the liberal arts
Opportunities for critical thinking and professional development
Bilingual support (Boston campus)

Military and Veterans
Recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Colleges for Veterans (Regional Universities North) in U.S. News & World Report
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We’re thankful for your service and are proud to be a military-friendly school. Here you’ll find welcoming professors, respectful peers, and a community that values your leadership.
Excellent Financial Support & Scholarships for Veterans
Our goal is to make your GI Bill® benefits, housing allowance, and financial support easy to navigate. That’s why we offer a STARS Curriculum course that provides strategies for transition, academia, readjustment, and success for military students.
All GI Bill® programs are accepted towards tuition costs
Endicott is a post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon School, so any extra costs over the GI Bill® cap are covered
Application fees are waived for all veterans and active military students
Tuition Assistance is accepted
GI Bill® military housing allowance (BHA) benefit is available for eligible students
Flexible Programs that Meet Your Needs & Lifestyle
Whether you desire a traditional, undergraduate, on-campus experience or are looking for a flexible college program, you will find what you need here:
Associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs are tailored to meet your individual needs
Robust online programs allow you to study at Endicott College and the Van Loan School no matter where your service takes you
Up to 32 credits are accepted towards your associate degree; up to 85 transfer credits are accepted towards your bachelor’s degree
Direct transfer of Joint Service Transcripts is accepted for undergraduate programs
There is no penalty for withdrawing
Supporting Your Transition from Military Service Member to Student
At Endicott, you’ll find a welcoming community that is ready to support your success.
Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program provides peer mentors who can help you navigate college, understand military benefits, and help you access the Veteran’s Administration medical system.
Stars Curriculum is a three-credit course that provides strategies for transition, academia, readjustment, and success for military students.
Each student receives personalized academic advising.
Our veterans are members of clubs and active participants at the Post Center sports and fitness facilities.
Students can participate in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts through art, dance, film, or theater.
We have a robust Career Center that can help you transition into your new career.

International Student Services
We're here to help, from visa questions to study abroad logistics.
The Office of International Education is dedicated to fostering global awareness and facilitating the needs of all the students who contribute to it.
Whether you are a prospective student, a new student, a returning student, or a graduate, we invite you to learn about international education at Endicott. However we can help, let us know.
For international students who have been accepted to Endicott's undergraduate college or the Van Loan School, our New Students page provides everything you need to know before you get here - from all the documents required to what kinds of supplies you should bring with you.
From comprehensive information on acclimating to life on campus and in the United States once you get here, from maintaining immigration status to getting around the North Shore, our Current Students page is full of useful information.
Wrapping up your studies at Endicott? Our Graduating Students page will help.
Intercultural Activities is a great place to start getting involved on campus as we foster a spirit of global citizenship.
To learn about study abroad opportunities for both United States residents and international students, visit our Study Abroad website.
Get to know us, and let us know how we can help, by visiting our Contact International Student Education page. All new international students will participate in the mandatory International Student Orientation.

The following services were designed and are offered directly to staff, faculty, and students from underrepresented groups:

Counseling Center
Individual Counseling - Individual sessions (45 minutes) may be arranged by students who would benefit from support, help with problem-solving, a neutral and confidential space, short-term therapy, and/or crisis management.
Support Groups - Endicott has several support groups created to explore issues. Groups include the following topics: Grief & Loss, Students who are Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/ or Questioning, Eating Issues & Body Image, Find Your Flock.
Crisis Intervention - The counseling staff provides crisis intervention services for the undergraduate, residential student population. This service is provided in conjunction with the Student Affairs Office.
Off Campus Referrals - The Counseling Center staff will offer services they are qualified to provide. For therapeutic needs that require more time and attention than the staff can provide, off campus resources are made available to the students. Resources are available in relation to crisis intervention and when a psychiatric evaluation is necessary.
Students Supporting Students - Endicott has more than 50 clubs and organizations geared for academic enrichment, special interests, and social interaction. Join us every semester for our community involvement fair to find out how you can join clubs and organizations. Endicott has several clubs geared towards students supporting students such as REACH peer education, LIGHThouse Leadership Society, and Alliance at Endicott College.
Training and Education - Time and time again, Endicott students report on the significant positive impact that faculty and staff have on their overall experience, both in and out of the classroom. During critical times, you may be the one person a student feels comfortable turning to and asking for help. Other times, you might notice a student struggling in some way and displaying behaviors that give you cause for concern. Knowing how to approach and effectively engage a student, as well as being aware of available campus resources, can best assist you with these potentially difficult conversations. The counseling center staff is available to assist other offices and student groups in the area of in-service trainings and educational workshops and presentations.
Philosophy
Endicott College recognizes that many students experience personal difficulties which can have a significant negative impact on their academic success. In order to help students cope with the personal challenges they face, the Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling, implements programming on issues relevant to college-aged students, assists during crisis situations, and is a resource for referral to both on-campus and community support services.


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?:
Yes

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