Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.51
Liaison Chris Frantsvog
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Luther College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sheila Radford-Hill
Executive Director of Diversity Center
Diversity Center
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:
The Office of Student Life provides many services to support students through its various offices. The Diversity Center and Student Academic Support Center(SASC) within the student life office offer many programs such as Student Support Services. SSS is considered a retention program that serves students who are income eligible, first generation, and students with disabilities while they pursue and complete a degree in higher education. Meant to meet the needs of traditionally under-represented and under-served populations, SSS services and activities include academic support, mentoring, and cultural enrichment opportunities. There are also many student organizations that provide student support, such as PRIDE(People for Rights, Inclusion and Diversity of Expression) and the Black Student Union. Luther College Counseling Services is also available for any individual who needs help and support.

Student Organizations
People for the Rights Inclusion and Diversity of Expression (PRIDE)
https://www.luther.edu/pride/
LCFems and Global Concerns Groups
https://www.luther.edu/ministries/get-involved/global-concerns/
Zeta Tau Psi
Believing and Achieving
http://www.luther.edu/believing-achieving/
Black Student Union (BSU)
Beta Theta Omega (BTQ)
Asian Student Association (ASA)
International Student Association (ISA)

Student Senate-Diversity Representatives

The Executive Board of Student Senate includes the following:

1. The Executive Board, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and the chairs of the standing Senate committees.
2. Class Representatives, consisting of three members each from the Senior, Junior, Sophomore, and First-year classes.
3. Student Group Representatives, consisting of the Student Activities Council President, Luther
4. Diversity Representatives (6), who broadly represent race/ethnicity, culture/religion, and gender/sexuality. These representatives are included, among others.

Diversity Center Programs

International Student Orientation
http://www.luther.edu/registrar/calendar/test/?event_id=505371&date=2013-08-26

Connect for Success
https://www.luther.edu/diversity/connect/

Luther Diversity Center: Events and Programs

http://www.luther.edu/diversity/programs/

https://www.luther.edu/diversity/programs/signature/


Student Activities Council

Student Activities Council-- Spotlight Diversity
http://www.luther.edu/studentlife/activities/sac/spotlight/

Academic support
Student Support Services (SSS—TRIO)
https://www.luther.edu/sss/

Student Academic Support Center (SASC)
http://www.luther.edu/sasc/

The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:
Does the institution have a discrimination response policy and/or team (or the equivalent) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:
It is the policy of Luther College to provide equal educational opportunities and equal access to facilities for all qualified persons. The college does not discriminate in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal or state law. This commitment includes the provision of a campus environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. The college will not tolerate any form of illegal discrimination or harassment and will not condone any actions or words that constitute such. If a student has experienced discrimination or harassment, they are advised to contact Counseling Service (Larsen Hall, courtyard entrance) any time between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session, or call (563) 387-1375 to talk to the emergency counselor. Emergency time is available daily. Students can also contact an RA, hall manager, hall director/area coordinator, or security in response to discrimination: all have received training in responding to and dealing with cases of discrimination and harassment in an appropriate manner.

Discriminatory and Harassing Conduct Policy
http://www.luther.edu/studentlife/dean/student-handbook/discriminatory-conduct/

Sexual Misconduct Policy

http://www.luther.edu/studentlife/dean/student-handbook/sexual-misconduct/

New Initiative: Luther College Dean of Student Life working with Diversity Center, College Ministries, and the Center for Ethics and Public Life to develop a Civility response protocol.

The website URL where more information about the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team is available:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
For transgender or transitioning students seeking special housing options (co-ed, gender neutral, or single rooms), the following options are available:
1. There are approximately 20 female and 17 male single rooms in Farwell and Larsen.

2. Farwell co-ed eight-single-room cluster is designated as a co-ed cluster with eight single rooms not defined by sex or gender. Students are selected via an application process that takes place in February for the upcoming academic year.

3. In Farewell hall there are a number of co-ed clusters: Co-ed cluster groups include 10 students in five double rooms. The members of each applicant group will decide how many double rooms will have men and how many will have women; the cluster will have two rooms of one sex and three of the opposite sex.

4. The Sustainability House is a co-ed living-learning environment where eleven students reside in single, double and triple-occupancy rooms.

5. Norby Global House is a co-ed living-learning community where 22 upper-class students can live.

For transgender or transitioning students seeking special housing options (co-ed, gender neutral, or single rooms), the following options are available:
1. There are approximately 20 female and 17 male single rooms in Farwell and Larsen.

2. Farwell co-ed eight-single-room cluster is designated as a co-ed cluster with eight single rooms not defined by sex or gender. Students are selected via an application process that takes place in February for the upcoming academic year.

3. In Farewell hall there are a number of co-ed clusters: Co-ed cluster groups include 10 students in five double rooms. The members of each applicant group will decide how many double rooms will have men and how many will have women; the cluster will have two rooms of one sex and three of the opposite sex.

4. The Sustainability House is a co-ed living-learning environment where eleven students reside in single, double and triple-occupancy rooms.

5. Norby Global House is a co-ed living-learning community where 22 upper-class students can live.

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