Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Susan Lindemann
Submission Date Sept. 25, 2020

STARS v2.2

Kalamazoo College
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Madeline Ward
Sustainability Intern
Facilities Management
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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:

Nondiscrimination Policy: An equal opportunity employer, Kalamazoo College is committed to equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal protection under the law. The College administers its programs, activities, and services without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, height, weight, marital status, familial status, physical disability as protected by law, or sexual orientation. The College’s definition of sexual orientation proscribes discrimination based on a person’s, sexuality, or gender identity, actual or presumed.


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
Yes

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

In an effort to better understand the ways in which community members experience the campus, a pilot Bias Data Gathering System (BDGS) has been developed. The goal of the BDGS is to gather information about the state of the K community, specifically as it relates to bias. The intention of the pilot program is to collect information that will inform campus practices and policies.

The College’s working definition of bias for the pilot BDGS is a preconceived negative preference, inclination, or attitude about groups of people, often based on physical, cultural, religious, or social identities. The term ‘bias related’ refers to language and/or behaviors that demonstrate bias against persons because of, but not limited to, their actual or perceived identities. Examples may include defacement of posters or signs, intimidating comments or messages, vandalism to personal or university property, or similar acts, if there is evidence that the target or victim was chosen because of a characteristic such as those listed above.


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

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:

The College has various programs meant to recruit students from underrepresented groups. A standout program that Kalamazoo College partners with is the Posse Foundation, an American nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to selected "Posse Scholars" These "Posse Scholars" are public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential, but who come from groups that are underrepresented in American higher education and are often overlooked by traditional college selection processes.


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:

The Intercultural Center (IC) is located inside Hicks Student Center (Hicks 110).

Priorities for the Intercultural Center include being:
- a place with a focus on students who have experienced marginalization that is welcoming to all students
- a place where students can have a sense of refuge, where they can simply “be”
- a place, among others on campus, that will support broader intercultural education and programming work
- a gathering place

The College hopes discussions and programs from the Intercultural Center help unpack important ideas which are not always well-understood, including various “isms” as structural artifacts and behavioral realities, systems of privilege, intercultural awareness, individual actions and behaviors which foster or work against inclusion, and ways to be effective allies with others are a few examples.


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?:
Yes

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

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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