Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Gettysburg College
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jen Lucas
Exec. Director Human Resources
Human Resources
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

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)?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

Gettysburg College encourages prompt reporting of any Bias Related Conduct so that it can investigate the alleged facts for possible violation(s) of College policy, including the Student Code of Conduct, and refer complaints to law enforcement authorities in order to determine whether an independent investigation for violation(s) of criminal law is warranted. Gettysburg College community members reporting Bias Related Conduct can expect the following:
 Meet with a college official promptly
 Treat your concern with respect
 Take every case seriously
 Discuss all of your options
 Gather and preserve evidence and information
 Connect you with a faculty member, administrator or staff member to provide support
 Work with the Gettysburg Police to investigate whether or not a crime has occurred
 Initiate the College's student conduct process if it appears that a policy violation may have occurred

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

• The employment of non-faculty is conducted through the Office of Human Resources.
• The practices for the employment of employees of Gettysburg College are outlined in the Guide to Effective Recruiting Practices for Administrative and Support Staff Positions at Gettysburg College.
• This guide provides a checklist of best practices for the hiring process for administrative and support staff positions at Gettysburg College. These practices are incorporated into all full-time and part-time, ongoing administrative and support staff searches conducted on our campus. Hiring managers and supervisors are charged with the responsibility to recruit candidates for open positions from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The purpose of this guide is to equip all search committees for administrative and support staff positions with the means to ensure that each search is conducted in a way which guarantees that the job seeker has equal access to the entire process and equal opportunity throughout the process.
• Effective January 1, 2018, all full-time and part-time, regular administrative and support staff recruitment searches must have an Inclusion Partner sit in on the search process. Our Inclusion Partners have been well trained to ensure that our search processes are exhaustive and offer due consideration to all candidates. https://www.gettysburg.edu/offices/human-resources/guidelines-procedures/manager-supervisor-toolkit/inclusion-partner-program
o Inclusion Partners are tasked with the following:
 Assist the search chair in the development of the vacancy announcement, the evaluation criteria and the recruitment plan (The plan is only required for Administrative searches).
 Assist the search committee with the development of their interview questions.
 Attend all scheduled committee meetings and actively participate in the search process (including phone and campus interviews).
 Educate the search committee on unconscious bias, appropriate interview questions, etc.
 Watch for unconscious biases in the hiring process and be willing to address it appropriately with search committee members.
• The promotion guidelines for employees are outlined here: https://www.gettysburg.edu/offices/human-resources/guidelines-procedures/promotion-policy

Recruiting Underrepresented Students

The Admissions Office's recruitment efforts of prospective students from underrepresented groups are multifaceted and far-reaching. Through off-campus and on-campus initiatives and programming, the Admissions Office is proud to recruit a diverse class of students each year. Recruitment strategy highlights are listed below:
• We are a national leader in our work with Community-Based Organizations and are amongst the first colleges in the nation to establish partnerships that focus on the recruitment and retention of students. We are the first partner for organizations such as CollegeBound Initiative and Philadelphia Futures.
• The entire professional staff in the Admissions Office is trained to work with students from diverse backgrounds. While traveling, all territory managers meet with students in their territories across the country from a variety of school groups. They also offer interviews and presentations for Community-Based Organizations in their territories to increase access for students.
• The Admissions Office is also pleased to offer specialized on-campus programming by coordinating group visits, sponsored overnight visits, bus-in programs, and fly-in opportunities for Community Based Organizations, partner schools, and students with low socioeconomic income. With all campus visit programming, the office makes sure to add additional virtual opportunities for prospective students to connect.
• The Multicultural Ambassador program allows prospective students and families to have direct contact with a student currently on campus. They have contributed to the recruitment of underrepresented students and their families by attending on-campus programming, offering one-on-one chats, and providing group sessions for prospective students both in person and virtually.
• Beyond the Multicultural Ambassador program, the Admissions Office also connects students with representatives from the Office of Multicultural Engagement, Center for Career Engagement, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, International Student Services, Disability Student Services, and more.
• Additionally, the Admissions office is responsible for the STEM Scholars Program recruitment. The programs' goal is to increase diversity and access to the sciences. This link gives detailed information about this important program: https://www.gettysburg.edu/admissions-aid/applying-to-gettysburg/stem-scholars-program/

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

The campus has many programs that support under-represented groups. They are:

Black Student Union: Celebrates the ethnic heritage of African, African-American, and Caribbean culture and the contributions of black men and women

Diaspora House: A Theme House that promotes awareness of people of African descent

Hillel: Supports and enriches Jewish life on campus, through Shabbat dinners, celebrations of Jewish holidays, and other activities

International Club: Promotes the exchange of perspectives between international and American members of the College community

Intercultural Resource Center: ­Sponsors educational and cultural outreach programs and celebrations, and serves as the campus "home" for intercultural matters

Muslim Student Association: ­ Fosters unity among Muslims on campus and raises awareness of the principles of Islam

Office of Intercultural Advancement: ­ Academic and personal counseling tutoring, mentoring, and other services

Office of International Student Advising: ­ Providing programs and service to Gettysburg's international students

Allies: ­ Raises campus awareness of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity

Women's Center:­ Promotes understanding of women's issues and works to create a safe, supportive climate for women

Employee Assistance Program ( EAP)

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?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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