Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.42
Liaison Ellen Vaughan
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Northern Arizona University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Carmen Phelps
Chief Diversity Officer
Office of the President
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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:

As a state institution, NAU has multiple non-discrimination policies: https://nau.edu/equity-and-access/forms-policies/

Particularly: ABOR nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment (ABOR Policy 1-119)
https://public.azregents.edu/Policy%20Manual/1-119-Nondiscrimination%20and%20Anti-Harassment.pdf

Also, see our Equal Employment Opportunity statement:
The university is an equal employment opportunity employer. University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran status or sexual orientation. The university bases employment decisions solely upon the individual’s qualifications for the position being filled. The university recruits, hires, and promotes for all job classifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran status or sexual orientation, except as affirmative action, legal requirements or carefully analyzed and thoroughly documented bona fide occupational qualifications permit or where an individual’s disability would prevent him/her from successfully performing the essential functions of the position to be filled despite reasonable accommodation by the university.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Yes, please see our Equity and Access "File a Complaint" resources at the bottom of this page: https://nau.edu/equity-and-access/forms-policies/

We also have a Bias Response Protocol: http://www.nau.edu/bias-response-protocol/

At Northern Arizona University, we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and genetic information.
In support of an inclusive environment, the Arizona Board of Regents and NAU have created policies and procedures such as the Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, the Sexual Assault Response Protocol, and the Safe Working and Learning Environment (SWALE) Policy reaffirming this commitment.
The NAU community values the freedom of expression rights guaranteed to all individuals in the First Amendment. Not all bias-related speech or even hateful speech is a violation of law or NAU policy and subject to discipline. The University nevertheless has the right to respond to such speech in a way which promotes the mission and values of the University, a safe working and learning environment, and a climate of respect, access and inclusion.
We consider acts of bias, discrimination, hate, and harassment, as contrary to our institutional values, and unacceptable to our community.
We encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed an act of bias to report it and to access available resources. Together, we can work to make NAU a more welcoming community for all.


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

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Students
It is one of NAU's six strategic goals to: "Become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans"
We are working to achieve this through four strategies:
Strategy 1: Provide a university climate and culture that enhance the academic experiences of Native American students, staff, and faculty
Strategy 2: Improve the recruitment and retention of Native American students
Strategy 3: Develop collaborative service and outreach programs with Native American Communities
Strategy 4: Improve cross-disciplinary and unit communication, collaboration and partnerships (NEW)
Learn more about our specific initiatives: http://nau.edu/cna/strategic-plans/

Faculty and Staff
See our Affirmative Action policy: http://hr.nau.edu/apps/policy-manual/34
Affirmative Action
Pursuant to Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, and their implementing regulations, the university takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, persons of color, individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans at all levels within the organization.


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

STUDENTS:
Learning Communities through Residence Life, such as LGBTQIA: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Inter-sex, Ally (LGBTQIA) Studies Learning Community is, an academic community that:
Honors the contributions and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender peoples and heterosexual allies
Provides a supportive and safe space for a first-year student
Allows you to connect with those who share your experiences or interests
Gives a sense of community that will enable you to achieve academic, social, professional and personal success.
http://nau.edu/Residence-Life/Housing-Options/Learning-Communities/A-Variety-of-RLC-Options/

Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Student Services in Student Life:
Inclusion and Multicultural Services (IMS) is here to serve all students, acting as a centrally-located gathering spot that provides culturally-relevant services and support to historically underrepresented students.
http://nau.edu/ims/

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.
http://nau.edu/nass/

FACULTY/STAFF
The LGBTQIA Commission works to "Identified Faculty/Staff Recruitment & Retention"
https://nau.edu/lgbtqia-commission/our-work/

The Commission on the Status of Women has the goals of:
Goal 1: Actively pursue gender equity, parity, and inclusivity at NAU.
Goal 2: Cultivate a more diverse, safe, and welcoming campus that embraces and recognizes the contributions, successes, and challenges of our female faculty, staff, and students at NAU.
Goal 3: Build community by fostering a family friendly environment and promoting a healthy work-life balance for all faculty, staff, and students at NAU.
Learn more: http://nau.edu/csw/


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:

Contact the Center for Science, Teaching, and Learning in the fall of 2018. They are working on an initiative.
https://nau.edu/CEFNS/CSTL/Resources/


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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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