Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.81
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida Gulf Coast University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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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:
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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

However, the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) has information on bias, hate crimes, and discrimination on their website (http://www.fgcu.edu/equity/discrimination-bias.html). Their website has a link where campus community members may report such incidents and the OIEC is currently working to develop a bias incident response team and protocols.


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:

STUDENTS
College Reach Out Program (CROP) is a State of Florida grant-funded program designed to prepare middle and high school students to successfully pursue and complete a post-secondary education. The program targets future first-generation college students currently in grades 6 through 12. The program also motivates students to develop basic learning skills, strengthen parent and student understanding of the benefits of postsecondary education, and foster personal and career development through supplemental instruction. http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/CROP/index.html

Public Schools Enrichment Partnership/Scholars Program was founded in 1989 by former Fort Myers High School junior, Christian Duffus, as a way to promote and reward academic achievement among minority students. Scholars Program has expanded to embrace minority and “at-risk” students at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Membership is open to all students who embrace the Scholars Program philosophy and ideas of academic excellence, leadership, service, and citizenship. http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/scholarsclub/index.html

FACULTY AND STAFF
FGCU's Human Resources department has invested in Localjobnetwork.com, a web-based service that will aid the University with its goal of increasing diversity in applicant pools while also ensuring compliance with applicable federal regulations. The service cross-posts FGCU postings to local employment websites, local diversity websites, and the state job bank. It also aids the University’s diversity recruiting by featuring all postings on websites that have accessibility features to ensure job seekers with a disability can easily navigate and search for FGCU jobs. Additionally, FGCU's Community and Diversity Outreach program mails out current job postings daily to both active and passive job seekers via the following community partners:
• Minorities
• Women
• People with disabilities
• Veterans
• Diversity organizations
• Universities and colleges
• Historically black colleges and universities
• State workforce agencies
• Construction/skilled trades
• Professional/technical groups
• Business professionals


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:

STUDENTS
Florida Gulf Coast University was awarded two (2) five-year TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grants on September 1, 2015. The goals of the SSS Grants are to provide services and support that will increase retention and graduation rates among its participants. The two grants strive to provide opportunities for academic development, assistance with basic college requirements, and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

SSS participants must meet eligibility criteria in order to qualify for the program. The programs are designed to address the academic and social needs of eligible students enrolled at FGCU. All of the active students are provided with opportunities for academic advising, tutoring and coaching, and cultural events. The programs are very competitive with a limited number of openings each year to maintain 165 participants in the Classic program and 124 participants in the STEM program. (http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/SSS/SSS-FGCU.html)

The Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development (MLD) cultivates a campus-wide community which celebrates diversity, empowers students to grow beyond their personal barriers, strengthens students’ understanding of diversity and social responsibility, and develops students’ leadership skills. The MLD promotes academic, leadership and personal growth. They offer a number of events, student summits, and leadership development opportunities open to all students so that they can increase their capacities to become knowledgeable leaders who contribute to the ever changing global society. (http://www.fgcu.edu/mld/)

FACULTY AND STAFF
While not targeted specifically at underrepresented groups, all employees may speak with counselors through FGCU's Employee Assistance Program (http://www.fgcu.edu/HR/eap_newsletters.html).


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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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