Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.19
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date May 13, 2016
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Florida International University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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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:

FIU has numerous programs to support underrepresented groups within the student body including:
- Graduate Minority Opportunities Program (GMOP): The State University System (SUS) has established a grant to assist minority students with their graduate education in areas where they have been traditionally underrepresented.
- McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program: The Florida Education Fund (FEF) in Tampa, Florida provides fellowships for African American or Hispanic, US citizens to pursue Ph.D. degrees in the state of Florida.
- Delores Auzenne Fellowship: The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity coordinates the Delores Auzenne Fellowship for minority graduate students. The fellowship is for FIU minorities students that have been accepted as degree seeking students into graduate (master or doctoral) disciplines where minority graduate students are disproportionately underrepresented.
- Minority Community College Transfer Scholarship: The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity coordinates the Minority Community College Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship is a competitive award granted to qualified minority students, at Florida International University, who are Florida residents on the basis of financial need, academic merit, or both
- Student Support Services coordinates the TRIO program which is a Federal Grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The Federal TRIO Programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. At FIU we have the following TRIO programs: Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement, Talent Search, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science.

The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:
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:

Florida International University’s policy, FIU-105 is the discrimination response policy for the institution.

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity (EOPD) at Florida International University strives to maintain an inclusive environment free from discrimination and harassment. Our purpose is to ensure equitable treatment of applicants, employees, and students. We are responsible for advancing, upholding, reaffirming, and monitoring policies and procedures that ensure the University complies with all applicable federal, state, local, and internal mandates. This is achieved by fostering collaboration and cooperation in our community and by encouraging all members to respect each other’s contributions without regard to gender, race, disability, or any other protected category.

If any applicant, employee, or student has a good faith belief that they have been discriminated against or harassed based on Age, Color, Disability, Gender, Marital Status, Ethnic/National Origin, Race, Religion, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment or any other protected category, the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity encourages him/her to complete the Discrimination Complaint Processing Form and submit it to our office on the Modesto Maidique Campus in PC-321. EOPD will investigate the complaint in accordance with University policy and procedures.

Anyone within our campus community that has witnessed or experienced sexual harassment, discrimination, or any form of sexual violence can speak with any of the following Title IX coordinators. The Title IX and Equal Opportunity Coordinator oversees all discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct complaints made by employees, students and visitors. The Vice-President of Human Resources has designated Shirlyon McWhorter, Director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity, as the Title IX Coordinator.
You may file a complaint with one of the Title IX coordinators listed below. Alternatively, you may file an anonymous complaint using our Ethical Panther Reporting Line, Convercent by calling 844-312-5358 or online at https://compliance.fiu.edu/hotline.html
Shirlyon McWhorter
Title IX Coordinator
Director, Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity
PC321 Phone: (305) 348-1509
E-Mail: eopd@fiu.edu
For reports or inquiries of gender inequity or gender-based misconduct concerning faculty, staff, and outside contractors, visitors or vendors.
Kristen Kawczynski
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
GC311A Phone: (305) 348-3939
E-Mail: kristin.kawczynski@fiu.edu
For reports or inquiries of gender inequity or gender-based misconduct concerning students.
Julie Berg
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Senior Associate Athletic Director
USCBA 202A Phone: (305) 348-2352
Email: julie.berg-Mc_Graw@fiu.edu
For reports or inquiries of gender inequity or gender-based misconduct involving athletics.

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?:


Gender-inclusive housing affords FIU students the option to live on campus in a single room suite or apartment with whomever they choose, regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity. The dorms that have gender inclusive designated rooms include Parkview, University Towers, University Apartments, Lakeview North and Everglades Hall.

Graham Center GC161
Everglades Hall EH142
Everglades Hall EH143
Phillip & Patricia Frost Art Museum PPFAM201
Phillip & Patricia Frost Art Museum PPFAM201
Recreation Center RC222
Parkview Next to Room 114 in East Lobby
Parkview Next to Room 152 in West Lobby
Student Health Center SHC184
Lakeview Hall North LH106
Lakeview Hall South LH106
Academic Health Center AHC503
Academic Health Center AHC504

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