Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date Oct. 8, 2012
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Northern Arizona University
PAE-8: Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 David Camacho
Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity
Office of the President
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the student body:

Native American Student Services (NASS) is a resource for Alaska Native/Native American students at NAU. NASS helps them achieve academic, social, and cultural goals through leadership opportunities, advising, financial aid guidance, and support. The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) provides culturally-relevant services and support to historically underrepresented students. The MSC serves primarily first-generation, underrepresented, and low-income students, providing them with peer advising, financial aid guidance, and academic support. The MSC is a strong campus partner of diversity, sponsoring activities on campus such as the annual Martin Luther King program, Heritage Month events, and a Multicultural Student Reception.

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the faculty:

From the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office:

Recruitment Strategies
The following are recommendations for conducting an affirmative recruitment for women and minorities:

•Ask faculty to identify minority or women post-docs through colleagues, invite them to give seminars, and encourage them to apply for jobs at NAU.
•Ask post-docs to bring in minority or women graduates as visiting researchers.
•Attend sessions at annual meetings where minority and women scholars are giving papers, make a point of talking to them and tell them about your program and your present or potential future searches.
•Offer public programming (conferences, workshops, productions) likely to interest members of under-represented groups.
•Involve faculty in campus programs for minority and women undergraduates.
•Involve current women and minority faculty as "magnets" in outreach.
•Become familiar with organizations within the discipline or field that may have minority and/or women caucuses, newsletters, publications or job banks with which you can announce positions or find candidates.
•Advertise vacancies broadly, particularly in targeted publications such as Black Issues in Higher Education and Hispanic Outlook or others listed in this website.
•Involve members of the department/unit, specifically women and minorities, in the search process and ask that they assist in active recruitment and advertising activities.
•Contact the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity for lists of historically Black colleges and universities and those colleges and universities with large Hispanic, Asian, Native American or female populations to send job announcements.
•Contact professional organizations, both private and academic-oriented, to request information about minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities within their networks.
•Network with women and minority scholars from other colleges and universities at conferences. Ask for recommendations for candidates who might be interested in working at NAU.
•Use the websites listed in this Recruitment Resource to post positions and to find potential candidates.

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the staff:

Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office:
1."Northern Arizona University is committed to diversity in its faculty as well as its student population. It is the policy of Northern Arizona University to provide equal opportunity through affirmative action in employment and educational program and activities."
2."The Northern Arizona University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of culturally diverse backgrounds. Applicants should be experienced with, and committed to work in and with, such a diverse population."
3."Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Northern Arizona University and the surrounding area are strongly desired."
4."We invite applications for this position from qualified persons who share our commitment to diversity and nondiscrimination."
5."Northern Arizona University is committed to enhancing campus diversity and creating a more inclusive and diverse institution. The successful candidate will have experience and demonstrated results of successful leadership in a culturally diverse community."
6."The successful candidate will be committed to supporting and enhancing a culturally rich and diverse learning environment."
7."The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds."
8."This position requires interaction with students, staff, and faculty from a wide variety of backgrounds/ Candidates with demonstrated knowledge of, and sensitivity to, women's issues and multicultural diversity are strongly desired."

The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :

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