Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.90
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Gulf Coast University
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.56 / 2.00 Precious Gunter
Director of OIEC & Title IX Coord
Office of Institutional Equity & Compliance
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:


The Committee is a presidentially appointed Committee that is advisory to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance. It is chaired by the Director of Equity, Ethics and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator. It serves to promote diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the University community. Serving on this Committee requires approximately five to seven hours per month. The Committee’s work is important to the University as we strive to create a welcoming and productive work environment for all. The Committee is charged with the following:

• Reviewing and analyzing our campus in relation to diversity and inclusion;

• Creating, developing and implementing workshops, training programs, and strategies to address areas that need improvement;

• Assessing the success/outcomes of the workshops, training programs, and strategies; and

• Recommending ways to establish a sustainable, inclusive campus environment that will result in greater student success (retention and graduation rates) for all students, especially historically underrepresented students (i.e., low-income, minority, and first generation college students).

The members of the Committee have the opportunity to contribute to making our students, faculty, staff and visitors enthusiastic about FGCU’s intentional commitment to promoting diversity. They are part of four different subcommittees, each with specific tasks and charged with assisting in different projects.
1. Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program
a. Develop criteria for the Certificate Program
b. Coordinate programming efforts and create calendar for events
c. Monitor and track progress of the program

2. Marketing/Technology/ Programming
a. Develop programs to incentivize participation in events.
b. Create a University-wide Diversity/Inclusion website.
c. Create and manage Diversity/Inclusion social media sites. (i.e. Instagram, Facebook)
d. Monitor and track traffic on the website.
e. Create flyers and other promotional materials for events.
f. Measure effectiveness of marketing programs/events.

3. Student Retention/Inclusion
a. Develop programs for students to promote retention/inclusion.
b. Organize events and encourage student participation and feedback.
c. Track, monitor and assess student feedback.

4. Employee Retention/Inclusion/Mentoring
a. Develop programs for employees to promote retention/inclusion.
b. Create and maintain mentorship program for employees.
c. Organize events and encourage employee participation and feedback.

OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EQUITY AND COMPLIANCE (http://www.fgcu.edu/equity/index.html)

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) supports FGCU’s vision, mission, and strategic plan through the following functions:

Awareness and Training
Conducts/facilitates internal/external training and awareness sessions, seminars, roundtable discussions, tours, conferences and forums in areas impact equity (protected category discrimination, harassment and bias), and Title IX (consent, incapacitation, sexual harassment) and other compliance matters; Ensures posting/distribution of non-discrimination statement and related information.

Committee Management
Oversees functions and/or serves on the following committees: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Advisory Committee; Title IX Advisory Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Compliance Liaison Committee.

Complaint Handling and Conflict Resolution
Handles internal/external and formal/informal complaints and/or investigations related to discrimination and other matters of concern.

Equal Employment Opportunity Certifications for Grants and Degree Programs
Completes compliance and equal opportunity certification requests for grant applications.

Liaison with Compliance Agencies for Audits/Surveys
Facilitates/coordinates audit processes conducted by regulatory agencies responsible for discrimination compliance matters.

Policy Analysis and Development
Monitors, evaluates, and reviews for relevancy, completeness, and implementation, policies, processes, and procedures regarding equity and compliance and employment-related actions; recommend changes as required.

Waivers of Advertisement
Authorizes waivers that meet a compelling interest or need of the University when filling job vacancies and making multiple-year faculty appointments.

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance launched the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program in 2016 in an effort to make Florida Gulf Coast University a more Diverse and Inclusive community.
The Certificate serves to highlight FGCU’s Faculty and Staff commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, which is an important component of the new performance evaluation for University Staff.
In order to receive the certificate, Faculty, Staff and Students have to attend six (6) presentations, trainings, or events throughout the academic year to receive a new certificate and three (3) to renew.
Presentations and events cover different areas of Diversity and Inclusion, such as race relations, discrimination awareness, promoting inclusion, adoption of appropriate terminology, educating participants on cultural competences like religion, language, traditions, socio-economic differences, etc.
The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance also provides Sexual Harassment Training to all new and transferring employees to ensure the University’s expectation of compliance is understood.
Additionally, all employees are required to complete mandatory sexual harassment, ethics, and ADA training annually.

Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
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