Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 30.28
Liaison Jon Bartlow
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2012
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Pittsburg State University
PAE-8: Support Programs for Under-Represented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Brian Peery
Sustainability Coordinator
Continuing and Graduate Studies
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support under-represented groups on campus?:
Yes

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

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is a hub for diversity on campus serving students, faculty and staff. The MRC houses an assortment of books, magazines, and videos on various subjects including issues that deal specifically with diversity and multiculturalism. The library can be broken down into three main categories:

* Cultural Heritage: This listing consists of books, videos, and magazines that related to issues regarding the cultural heritage and history including but not limited to African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native-Americans. This section also includes a catalogue of literature covering topics on multicultural education and awareness.

* Self Help: This listing contains materials geared towards the personal development of students, faculty and staff. The catalogue includes topics ranging from mathematic and physics study strategies to GRE and GMAT test preparation study guides. This section also includes materials on language studies, grammar and communication.

* Reference: This listing includes encyclopedias, thesauruses and dictionaries.

The MRC Library as stated earlier is open to PSU students, faculty, and staff. Anyone interested in using these resources can check out materials for two weeks at a time from an employee of the OSD. Any materials not returned by the due date will lead to a hold on one's PSU personal account. The hold will stay on the account until all materials are returned, or compensation is received for lost and/or damaged materials.

Computer Lab

The MRC computer lab, like all the other resources of the MRC, is open to PSU students, faculty, and staff and consists of four BRAND NEW PC's equipped with Microsoft Office 2007 and network printers. The MRC lab is generally open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday; that schedule will vary depending on student employee schedules.

The Office of Student Diversity provides support services for:

Black Student Association (BSA)

Hispanics of Today (HOT)

Native American Student Association (NASA)

The OSD assists as needed with program and activity planning throughout the year.


A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the faculty:

Pittsburg State University’s Tilford Group formed April 27, 2007, in response to the first Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism, named in honor of the late Dean of the Graduate School at Wichita State University. Our nascent organization quickly found an advocate in Dr. Steve Scott, then Provost now President of the University. The current Provost Dr. Lynette Olson continues the tradition of providing fiscal and administrative support.

Composed of volunteers from among faculty, staff and administration, Tilford Group members actively and cooperatively initiate efforts to attract speakers, to present panels, to coordinate workshops and to produce academic and cultural events dedicated to reflecting our commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. Specific initiatives may be viewed in our archives.


A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the staff:

Pittsburg State University’s Tilford Group formed April 27, 2007, in response to the first Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism, named in honor of the late Dean of the Graduate School at Wichita State University. Our nascent organization quickly found an advocate in Dr. Steve Scott, then Provost now President of the University. The current Provost Dr. Lynette Olson continues the tradition of providing fiscal and administrative support.

Composed of volunteers from among faculty, staff and administration, Tilford Group members actively and cooperatively initiate efforts to attract speakers, to present panels, to coordinate workshops and to produce academic and cultural events dedicated to reflecting our commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. Specific initiatives may be viewed in our archives.


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

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