Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
IN-39: Sustainability Office Diversity Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Mikayla Gullace
Sustainability Intern
Office of Sustainability
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Does the sustainability office have initiatives specifically designed to recruit sustainability employees from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the initiatives specifically designed to recruit sustainability employees from underrepresented groups:

We want to be sure to make ourselves as accessible to everyone and have no implicit bias in our engagement focus, recruitment efforts, or outreach locations. As such we have taken the following steps.
--Our EcoRep certification survey includes questions with a broad focus to test/inform students about social and environmental justice issues.
--The advertising and hiring of our tabling outreach internship position is specifically for students who are not part of EcoRep program to expand the reach of the Office and compensate those who are interested. This paid position encompasses the three aspects of sustainability with environmental, economic, and social equality.
--HR distributes a brochure of sustainability initiatives to all new employees. There is a section covering diversity of our employees, student body, and the Geneva Community. It includes information about social justice challenges and how we we can and are working together to solve them

Does the sustainability office ensure that sustainability employees complete DEI training?:

A brief description of the DEI trainings for sustainability employees:

Our office is committed to continued improvement of our procedures, actions, and processes; especially as it relates to working with underserved or underrepresented groups on campus. To stay updated and ensure these efforts are at the forefront, we are committed to the below policies.
--Reflecting the three facets of sustainability; one-third of all presentations attended by representatives from the Office of Sustainability, at local, regional, or national conferences, will be about social equality, diversity, environmental justice, or inclusion.
--Each semester, staff members from the Office of Sustainability participate in at least one webinar focusing on a topic such as implicit bias, social equality, diversity, environmental justice, or inclusion as they relate to higher-education settings and student involvement.
--Every year our staff members, student interns, and EcoReps will go through HWS SafeZone training.

Does the sustainability office regularly collaborate on events, projects, or initiatives with the institution’s DEI office/program and/or organizations that support underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of events, projects, or initiatives during the previous year developed in collaboration with the DEI office/program and/or organizations that support underrepresented groups on campus:

The Office of Sustainability has collaborated with the Intercultural Affairs Center to create the Green Lens Environmental & Social Justice Film Series. We have shown a variety of films that bring attention to important issues related to themes such as economic justice, environmental protection, and social equality.

Does the sustainability office or committee include at least one individual with formal DEI and/or environmental or social justice responsibilities?:

Documentation of the formal DEI and/or environmental or social justice responsibilities:

The Sustainability Manager is a key member on the HWS Health, Wellness, & Diversity committee. Being a member of this committee comes with the responsibility of putting on programs and providing education to the campus community outside of the normal functions of the Office of Sustainability and specifically focused around DEI and social justice.

Website URL where information about the initiatives to advance DEI within the sustainability program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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