Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.78
Liaison Amber Saxton
Submission Date Sept. 9, 2014
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STARS v2.0

George Mason University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tyler Orton
Projects Innovation Coordinator
Office of 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:

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) engages the various Mason constituents in awareness and exploration of the diversity of our campus community, identity development, and global and cultural competencies. With student support and advocacy as a primary focal area for their work, they offer services, resources, and experiences that assist students in recognizing, cultivating, and actualizing their potential to thrive and succeed at Mason and beyond. ODIME serves as a resource to members of the Mason community who seek to strengthen their capacities to meaningfully engage and interact with people with different identities than their own and co-create an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.

The Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) is an initiative in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) created to enhance the recruitment, engagement and retention of first generation college students accepted to George Mason University. Their mission is to empower students through academic skills, access to resources, community building, self-discovery, and the global citizenship needed to compete in today’s college environment and beyond.

As part of George Mason University's continuing commitment to upholding the letter and spirit of the laws that ensure equal treatment of people with disabilities, the university established and maintains Disability Services. Under the administration of University Life, the center implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities.

Website: http://ods.gmu.edu/

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:

The Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Grievance Procedure is the responsibility of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics (CDE). The procedure assists the university in carrying out its responsibilities in administering and enforcing applicable federal and state laws and university policies related to nondiscrimination and investigation of complaints. . Any student, faculty member, staff employee, or visitor who feels he or she is the victim of harassment or other form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, retaliation, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy status, or genetic information (GINA) can submit a grievance with CDE.

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?:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Data is for FY14

Information on Gender Neutral housing can be found at http://housing.gmu.edu/

Data is for FY14

Information on Gender Neutral housing can be found at http://housing.gmu.edu/

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