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

STARS v2.2

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 2.00 Mikayla Gullace
Sustainability Intern
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
Yes

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 Office of Diversity and Inclusion fosters dignity and respect ensuring that all members of the community have an equal opportunity to thrive. The office works in a number of different areas, which include: education, advocacy, and policy change. The office has offered student workshops on issues of diversity and inclusion; campus wide opportunities for engagement, and has worked to establish the first strategic diversity plan which serves as a roadmap for the Colleges.

https://www.hws.edu/about/odi_sdp.aspx


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

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

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

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

For the past five years, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has offered trainings for RAs and the incoming first-year class. All first-year students must go through through the training session. The commitment to this program every year for the past five years has allowed all students to be trained and educated on cultural diversity and respect.

At the beginning of each semester, the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss with leading experts and campus specialists various contemporary issues in higher education, faculty and staff development, and student engagement. The title of this initiative is the Opening Institute, and the past two years has put a specific focus on inclusion, respect, and cultivating belonging for individuals of all backgrounds.
https://www.hws.edu/offices/oafa/pdf/opening_institutes.pdf


Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The Fisher Center continued in the 2020-2021 year with a speaker's series that covers hot topics occurring in the past year including "Black Lives Matter", climate change, and more. By introducing scholars, professors from other universities, and indigenous artists HWS sought to discuss relevant controversial topics to see all perspectives while hoping to invoke activism and knowledge from the student body.
https://www.hws.edu/academics/fisher_center/index.aspx

Celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice hosted artists, scholars, authors and activists to examine contemporary concerns surrounding mobility, movements and migration.
https://www.hws.edu/academics/fisher_center/fc_past.aspx
https://www2.hws.edu/hws-hosts-state-leaders-for-womens-justice-presentation/

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