Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.20
Liaison Megan Butler
Submission Date May 31, 2017
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Macalester College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Christopher MacDonald-Dennis
Dean of Multicultural Life
Multicultural Life
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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:
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that provides that:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Essentially, Title IX is about reducing and removing barriers to the educational experience based on sex and gender discrimination. Title IX includes equity in sports and educational programs as well as comprehensive sexual misconduct policies.

In accordance with Title IX, Macalester College does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of admissions or employment. The College prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual violence, and differential treatment.


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):
Macalester College does not tolerate harassment or sexual violence in any form. It is inconsistent with the maintenance of academic freedom and violates community standards. The goal of College policies and the harassment complaint procedures is to create a community free of any form of harassment. The College will take immediate and appropriate corrective action when it determines harassment or sexual misconduct has occurred.

All harassment reports and complaints will be received and processed by the Title IX Bias & Harassment Team. Members of the community may also use the Title IX Bias & Harassment Team as a resource regarding questions or concerns about an incident or situation without registering a complaint. In these cases one or more team members will provide information and counsel until or unless an official complaint is initiated.

For more information on specific policies for each group on campus, please visit: https://www.macalester.edu/harassment/

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:
QuestBridge at Macalester:
The mission of QuestBridge is to connect America’s brightest low-income students to the country’s best universities and colleges like Macalester. Our rich tradition of multiculturalism, internationalism, high scholarship, and service to society is an ideal fit for QuestBridge. Additionally, Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.

The best place to begin learning more about QuestBridge is www.questbridge.org/. You will find information about the 39 college partners, including information on National College Match, College Prep Scholarship, and Quest for Excellence Awards.

Scholarships & Need-Based Aid
Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Whether applicants are Non-Matched Finalists, Non-Participating Finalists, or Non-Finalists, they will be considered for merit scholarship and need-based aid provided they complete the FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (CSS code: 6390) and submit parent federal income tax returns.

According to the Director of Employment Services, we are developing more purposeful outreach to connect with underrepresented groups through strategic ad placement and increasing our presence within these communities, such as Gay Pride, Transgender Job Fair, booth/presence at Rondo days (community festival), etc.... We have also developed our Staff Affirmative Action Work Group (SAAWG) to closely mirror the hiring process of faculty. This group will serve as partners within staff hiring processes to assist with the initiative to diversify our staff hiring decisions.

In the Employee Handbook is a section on Affirmative Action
"The Affirmative Action Policy Statement for Faculty hiring at Macalester College (henceforth, the Affirmative Action Policy or the Policy) sets out the principles, policies and procedures that support the diversification of faculty with respect to US racial minorities and women. The Affirmative Action Policy is a part of the larger efforts to promote multiculturalism as described in the College Mission Statement, and is therefore complementary to Affirmative Action Policies administered by the Office of Employment Services, diversity policies employed in College Admissions, and supporting statements of principles by the Board of Trustees and the President acting on its behalf...." More details are included here: https://www.macalester.edu/employmentservices/employeehandbook/12additionalpolicies/12-11affirmativeactionforfacultyhiring.html

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:
Allies Project
Participation in the Allies Project gives faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe environment and community for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, or ability. Allies of the Allies Project provide support and resources to individuals and/or groups who are exploring their own feelings and/or struggling with issues related to their multiple identities.

Soup and Substance Lunch Series:
A lunch series program that brings students, staff, and faculty together around food and conversation. An array of soups from across the world is provided, and participants engage in dialogues that center around topics related to various cultural heritage months.

Emerging Scholars Program:
This program is designed to increase the number of historically marginalized students at Macalester College who are selected to participate in and receive opportunities for study abroad/away, internships, fellowships, and scholarships, and to increase their application and admittance to graduate and professional schools.

Identity Collectives:
The Identity Collectives recognize the multiple and intersecting identities we all carry and the importance of a supportive community as we explore our privileged and marginalized identities. Each collective group is facilitated by trained faculty, staff, and students.
The following collectives are available for students: Asian Women of the Diaspora, Black Women of the Diaspora, Men of Color, Mixed People, Queers of Color, Gender Variant, White Identity, Working Class, and Women of Color.
The objective of Collectives is to provide students the opportunity to talk together about diversity issues both within their specific collectives and in inter-group dialogues.

Alumni of Color & Friends Host Family Program:
In Collaboration with the Alumni Office located on Macalester Campus, this program connects Macalester alumni of color with first-year students of color and multiracial students. This program is designed to give new students an off-campus resource with shared experiences at Macalester who can assist students with their adjustment to campus and provide links to the greater Macalester community.

International students host family program:
The Friends of Macalester International Students (FoMIS) Host Family Program at Macalester College places Twin Cities area residents and Macalester international students together for a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and friendship. The program has been in existence for over 30 years, and now includes approximately 150 families and 200 students. The program is administered by Macalester College International Student Programs.

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:
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program:
The fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The program aims to reduce over time the serious under-representation on the faculties of individuals from certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities.

Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges:
Macalester College is a member of Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges (http://www.depauw.edu/admin/acadaffairs/CFD/). The Consortium is committed to increasing the diversity of students, faculty members and curricular offerings at liberal arts colleges with a particular focus on enhancing the diversity of faculty members and of applicants for faculty positions.
Macalester typically hosts two fellows per year.

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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