Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.23
Liaison Brian Webb
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Houghton College
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00 Brian Webb
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Houghton College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences, sponsored by the Wesleyan Church. Houghton asserts its right to employ persons who subscribe to the intent, mission, Statement of Faith, and Community Responsibilities of the college.

The College complies with all federal, state and local non-discrimination in employment laws and encourages the application of females and under-represented populations. For a complete copy of our non-discrimination policy, please see the attached.

Houghton College is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.

https://www.houghton.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/employment-eeo-statement.pdf


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:
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Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

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

Created in the spring of 2018, the Mosaic Center’s purpose is to be a centrally located, dynamic space that hosts conversations, programming, and educational activities that promote cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Center will promote casual social interactions as well as intentional trainings and dialogue among and between campus student leaders, national and international professionals, clergy, educators, and law makers. Participants will learn about- and participate in- the thought-provoking conversations Christians are having around racial and ethnic reconciliation and learning of our day. Our Advisors for Inclusive Excellence
• Provide formal and informal mentoring to traditionally underrepresented students (students of color, international students, LGBTQ+ students, etc.)
• Raise awareness, providing leadership, and staying current on best practices in higher education inclusion
• Create and maintain an environment that is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive to students of diverse backgrounds
• Review and recommend policies and processes that are equitable
• Assist student organizations focused on promoting diversity and social justice
• Advise the president’s cabinet on matters related to diversity and inclusion


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

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