Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
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Iowa State University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Reginald Stewart
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
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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:

"Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, Hotline: 515-294-1222, email eooffice@iastate.edu."


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) 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 protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT)

The CCRT reports to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion is jointly coordinated through the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Dean of Student’s Office. It serves as a university-wide strategy resource team that will develop and facilitate the implementation of appropriate responses to campus climate incidents impacting the ISU community. The newly formed CCRT Leadership Team includes representatives from the Dean of Students Office, Multicultural Student Affairs, Provosts Office, ISU Police Department, Diversity & Inclusion Office, and Office of Equal Opportunity.

Iowa State University is committed to addressing incidents that impact our campus climate, especially those that are bias-related. Through the work of the CCRT, potential gaps in ISU policies and procedures that may impede the university’s ability to minimize campus climate incidents may be addressed, increasing the likelihood of creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment.

Campus Climate Reporting System

Community members can report incidents that negatively impact our campus climate through this online system. Incidents reported are brought to the attention of and responded to by the Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT).

CCRT Process and Flowchart

Iowa State University is committed to addressing incidents that impact our campus climate. When an individual files a report in person or via online form, the report is sent to the coordinator of the Campus Climate Response Team. From here, the coordinator will inform the staff members who comprise the CCRT. Offices represented on this team include the following: Office of Equal Opportunity, Dean of Students, Office of the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Iowa State University Police Department, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

The team then makes an initial assessment of the behavior or incident. As part of this assessment, the team will examine (1) any risk of harm to the broader community, (2) the affected individual's desired course of action for addressing the incident, (3) any investigatory measures that must be made in order to understand the situation more fully, and (4) any resources or protective measures that can be put in place to protect the health and safety of those involved (e.g. medical care, counseling, no-contact orders, assistance with academics). A staff member on this team will contact the person who made the report to gather this information for the assessment and begin connecting them to resources.

At the time an individual files a report, the individual does not have to decide on a desired course of action; this can come at a later time. The University will make every effort to respect the decision of the affected individual, but the University must move forward with cases in which there appears to be a direct threat to any individual or the University as a whole. There are resources available to support affected individuals regardless of the course of action they choose.

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

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

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

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

Student recruitment:

Latino Family Visit Days
The Latino/a Family Visit Day is an event hosted by The Iowa State Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. in collaboration with the Office of Admissions. This day is designed to give students and their families a chance to learn about the opportunities and services available to our Latino/a students. Throughout the visit day, participants will be able to learn about different student organizations and resources on campus, explore the campus, meet with staff, and hear from current students about their experiences as a Latino/a student on campus. This visit day is completely in Spanish.

Multi-Cultural Vision Program
The Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Award grants one hundred scholarships in the amount of tuition to incoming first-year students, who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, residents of the state of Iowa and identify as: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx, or Multiracial on the application for undergraduate admission; or who have participated in a federally funded Educational Talent Search or Upward Bound program. The scholarship is renewable for a total of four years or eight semesters, provided the student maintains a cumulative 2.00 grade point average, completes and submits the FAFSA each year, and completes 24 new credit hours each academic year at the university.

Multicultural Student Experience Day
Take part in an exciting opportunity to experience a day in the life of a student on our campus! This day is designed to give you and your family a chance to learn about the opportunities and services available to our multicultural students. The day will include information about scholarships, student organizations, internships, and the admission process. Additionally, students and families will have the opportunity to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on site. Hear from dynamic faculty, dedicated staff, and current students; the Multicultural Student Experience Day will ensure your visit to campus is exciting and informative.

Science Bound
Science Bound is Iowa State University’s premier pre-college program to empower Iowa students of color to pursue degrees and careers in STEM (science technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. We engage middle and high school students from Des Moines, Denison, and Marshalltown, Iowa. To participate in our nine-year program, students begin when they enter eighth grade and graduate from Science Bound once they graduate from college.

ISU 4U Promise
The ISU 4U Promise is a partnership between King and Moulton elementary schools and Iowa State University to promote college-going in these schools. In addition, students who complete fifth grade at King or Moulton elementary school will be eligible for tuition awards to Iowa State University.

Faculty Recruitment:

ISU ADVANCE has become Iowa State’s most prominent vehicle to recruit, retain, and advance women and people of color in faculty positions. ADVANCE is known for a well-managed network, innovative research, and an integrated approach to change at all levels of the university. ADVANCE works within departments using a collaborative transformation approach to improve the work environment for all faculty members. The ISU ADVANCE program identifies cultures, practices, and structures that enhance or hinder the careers of ISU faculty, and works with faculty and administrators to transform university policies, practices, and academic culture in pursuit of a diverse and vibrant faculty in all academic disciplines.

The REGISTRY is a national database of diverse & strategic candidates seeking ladder-rank employment as faculty members at institutions of higher education. As a subscribing member, you will have the ability to search from among over 1,500 candidates consisting of diverse and strategic faculty and doctoral students seeking jobs in higher education. You will have the capability to filter candidates based on various demographics and gain access to their contact information and CVs in order to find the best fit for your institution. Our database is growing every day. The REGISTRY actively recruits diverse candidates to provide you with exceptional candidates. You can even create "Job Alerts" to automatically notify you when a new candidate that meets your specifications registers with us.

Staff Recruitment:

Iowa State University has promoted the hiring of Veterans by partnering and recruiting with Home Base Iowa (HBI) representatives to increase the number of Veterans applying and being hired, initiated the development of a Regional HERC to support attracting diversity and dual career candidates, as well as provided applicant resources, and applicant materials for hearing impaired and disability accommodation requests.

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

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Programs supporting students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups include:

Faculty and Staff Association Council
The Faculty and Staff Association (FSA) Council is a collective of leaders from each of the recognized Faculty and Staff Associations on campus. The council provides space for FSA leaders to learn from each other, collaborate on efforts that impact ISU employees from underrepresented communities, and to make positive change on campus using their unified voice.

Faculty and Staff Associations
Faculty and Staff Associations (FSAs) are designed to cultivate and connect Iowa State’s diverse faculty and staff populations to each other and with the greater university community. These groups support recruitment and retention by addressing social and professional components essential to an enhanced quality of life for faculty and staff from underrepresented communities.
FSAs align with the university’s strategic goals by positively impacting the ongoing effort to create and support a more inclusive campus community. All FSAs are supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

FSAs include the following:

American Indian Faculty & Staff
The objective of the American Indian Faculty and Staff Council is to help increase the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and, by extension, students who identify as members of the Native and American Indian community. The intent is to build community, in addition to increasing visibility and awareness of Native issues throughout campus and in the larger Ames community. As a community, we will remain dedicated to empowering our indigenous and American Indian constituency here at Iowa State University.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association supports Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander faculty and staff by sustaining a visible and supportive AAPI community, engaging in professional and social networking, and supporting leadership and career development and advancement.

Black Faculty & Staff Association
Our goal is to build community and highlight resources that enhance the personal and professional development of Black faculty and staff. We encourage your participation and support throughout the academic year.
BFSA membership is open to all faculty and staff at Iowa State University, regardless of race, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Colegas, Building Community
Colegas is Iowa State University's Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Association (FSA). Our aim is to build community and facilitate the integration of Hispanic and Latino faculty and staff, as well as their families, to Iowa State and the Ames community. We also seek to strengthen ties between Hispanic and Latino leaders on campus and to support their career progression and development.

Jewish Faculty and Staff Association
•Create a welcoming environment for new and prospective faculty/staff
•Help strengthen the campus Jewish community
•Provide a venue to discuss issues relevant to the community and its allies
•Help connect new faculty/staff to resources in the Ames Jewish community
•Organize social gatherings and cultural events several times a year

LGBTQA+ Faculty & Staff Association
The LGBTQA+ Faculty & Staff Association was created for Iowa State University faculty and staff who are members of or who are supportive of the LGBTQ+ community at ISU. The LGBTQA+ FSA exists to provide its members with opportunities for networking, career development, socializing, and becoming a bigger part of the ISU/Ames community. The FSA is also committed to the larger LGBTQ+ community on campus and strives to support and connect in positive ways with other LGBTQ+ groups at Iowa State.

University Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equity
The University Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equity (UCW) is a diverse group of women from across the Iowa State University campus. The UCW is an active and involved network that responds actively to women's issues including monitoring and improving the number of women in leadership positions at ISU, with special attention to the need for more women department chairs, and also continuing work to improve the climate on campus for women students, staff and faculty.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Awards
Each January the Iowa State University community observes the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a campus-wide celebration and the recognition of individuals and groups who have followed the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Advancing One Community Awards, coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, recognize recipients' efforts to create an inclusive university community that embraces justice and equity. Awards are presented annually in January as part of the university's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Up to three awards may be awarded in the categories of faculty/staff, student and/or group.

Inclusive Action Commission
The IAC is a collective of campus leaders with past experience in shared governance, university committee leadership, and inclusion efforts on campus.Commission members assist the Division of Diversity and Inclusion in matters that require partners who have experience in, leadership of, and engagement with the campus community. IAC members will be tapped to advise and assist on steering committees, project development, task forces, and other initiatives developed by the Division.

Inclusion Initiatives Grant Program
Offered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Inclusion
Initiatives Grant Program supports proposals for funding (up to $5,000) of innovative inclusion initiatives intended to foster community engagement that positively impacts Iowa State University.

Latinx Affairs Steering Committee
The purpose of the committee is to increase support for our Hispanic/Latinx student communities; fostering student achievement, resilience and long-term capacity building across campus.

VPDI Council
The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (VPDI) Council provides insight and counsel to the vice president. Using the shared governance model of leadership, council members represent the interests of a diverse cross-section of the Iowa State University community.

Campus Conversations
These events bring together the campus community inclusive of students, faculty and staff. Events relate to current events and campus climate.

University Award for Inclusive Excellence
Established in 2017 and awarded annually, Iowa State University's first-ever university-level inclusion award recognizes faculty and P&S staff who have advanced the university’s mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion outside of their compensated responsibilities.

Professional & Scientific Council
The Professional and Scientific Council continually strives towards service, advocacy, and representation of the Professional and Scientific Employees of ISU.

Latinx Student Leader Council
The council is made up of presidents from student organizations as well as Latinx student leaders who participate in supporting Latinx affairs among the student community across campus.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Office
The Multicultural Student Affairs Office advocates for and supports Iowa State University's domestic students who self-identify as African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latinx, and/or Multiracial.

Student Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services Office is a unit in the Dean of Students Office responsible for coordinating accommodations for ISU students with documented disabilities.

Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success develops academic and personal success, community, and leadership for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and allied students.

Urban Ecosystem Project
Young Scientists and Ambitious Teachers Improving Health in an Urban Ecosystem
Principal investigators for this project are Dr. Katherine Richardson Bruna and Dr. Lyric Bartholomay. Their long-term goal is to interrupt the reproduction of educational and health disparities in a low-income, urban context and to support historically-excluded youth in their trajectories toward science. The overall objective of this project is to promote authentic science, ambitious teaching, and an orientation to science pursuits among elementary students participating in a university-school-community partnership promise program through inquiry focused on mosquitoes and human health.

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:

McNair Program
The Iowa State University McNair Program prepares qualified undergraduates for entry to graduate school and completion of a doctoral degree. The primary goal of McNair is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by first-generation and underrepresented college students. McNair Scholars are afforded many opportunities during their two years of active participation including working with a professor on a research project and navigating the graduate application and admission process.

Preparing Future Faculty Program
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program supplements departmental graduate preparation by offering additional teaching, mentoring, and learning possibilities. These enriching experiences help prepare postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. students, and master’s students for an academic career and provide further credentialing to be competitive on the academic job market. The overarching goal of PFF is to better prepare graduate students and post docs for faculty careers at a variety of institutions through a combination of seminars, mentoring, and practical classroom and departmental service experiences.

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Symposium
The CELT Teaching Symposium is a half-day program encompassing best teaching practices and student support resources available at Iowa State. New faculty, staff with a teaching role and graduate teaching assistants will learn from Iowa State’s educators about how to prepare for a successful first semester of teaching, and explore CELT’s services, resources, and professional development opportunities.

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?:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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