|Submission Date||May 1, 2014|
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
Director of Sustainability Integration
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:
• Student Accessibility Services works with students who have special needs related to their learning, vision, hearing, speech, mobility, and physical and psychological health. The Office provides reasonable academic and residential accommodations for qualified students with disabilities, and assistive technology is available on campus as well. The services provided are confidential.
• International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) assist our international students, staff, and faculty by offering advising, programs, and other services as well as coordinating with the Friends of International Students host program.
• May Belle Chellis Women's Resource Center provides a welcoming space where women and men can discuss, research, and address gender issues. The center provides academic resources and general information on current events, job and internship opportunities, academic opportunities, and health issues.
• Center for Teaching, Learning & Research (CTLR) aims to design, develop, and integrate resources that enrich learning and teaching at Middlebury and to provide a locus for conversations, both within the Middlebury community and with other institutions, about excellence and innovation in a residential liberal arts education. The Center incorporates the offices of the Assistant Dean for Instruction, the First-Year Seminar Program, the College Writing Program, the Office of Learning Resources, Educational Technology, the Writing Center, Quantitative Skills Support, Peer Tutoring and Mentoring, and Undergraduate Research.
• The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity is an interdisciplinary academic center dedicated to understanding how race and ethnicity affect human relations. The center focuses on the study of race and ethnicity and how these intersect with such aspects of human life as class, gender, sexuality, religion, and migration. The center develops academic programming for the entire community and supports scholarship and research related to these areas of study.
• The Student Government Association Diversity Committee launched a first generation college student peer mentoring program in 2013. The Student Activities office provides organizational and leadership support for 20 cultural student organizations.
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?:
A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:
The College’s Human Relations Officer is responsible for overseeing investigations and adjudicating complaints of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), and related retaliation under the Anti-Harrassment policy.
The Dean of the College, Shirley Collado, serves as Middlebury’s Title IX coordinator and oversees compliance with all state and federal anti-discrimination laws. Her responsibilities in this regard are set forth in the College’s Nondiscrimination Statement: http://www.middlebury.edu/about/handbook/general/nondiscrimination
The Nondiscrimination Statement also guides our work in this area.
Middlebury also has many programs throughout the academic year that focus on awareness and prevention. In addition, all of the incoming freshman attend orientation sessions on sexual assault and anti-harassment, and they take online courses in these areas before they arrive. Similar training is given to incoming students in other Middlebury programs.
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?:
Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:
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