|Submission Date||Feb. 11, 2011|
Portland State University
PAE-8: Support Programs for Under-Represented Groups
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
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?:
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the student body:
Disability Resource Center
The mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to collaborate with and empower Portland State University students with disabilities in order to coordinate support services and programs that enable equal access to an education and university life. To accomplish this goal, the DRC provides pre-admission and disability counseling, advocacy, educational training, and a variety of accommodations for equal access to the educational process and campus at Portland State University.
Queer Resource Center
The Portland State University Queer Resource Center strives to provide an inclusive safe space in advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, staff, faculty and their allies. Our Mission is to serve the PSU and surrounding communities through both outreach education and social programming that promotes awareness.
Veterans Services at PSU is a collabrative initiative led by the Division of Student Affairs to provide support to student-veterans at the University. (Source: http://www.pdx.edu/veterans/)
+Veterans Services Liaison: housed in the Undergraduate Advising & Support Center (UASC) and works to support student-veterans both by providing academic advising and by collaborating with, and making referrals to, programs and services both at PSU and in the community.
+Student Veterans Association: The SVA is a student advocacy and service group that works to promote, unify and advocate for the veteran voice on campus. Their mission is to bring together past and current members of the Armed Forces attending PSU.
Student Parent Services (SPS) offers integrated services that support campus parents’ goals to be effective parents while succeeding in their academic pursuits. Through campus projects, community involvement and advocacy, SPS strives to increase available resources and opportunities that improve the quality of life for campus parents and their families.
Diversity & Multicultural Student Services
The mission of Diversity and Multicultural Student Services (DMSS) is to provide academic support services to Portland State students. Opportunities to enhance academic success through comprehensive academic support programs such as:
+African American Student Services (Summer 2010): A professional will provide support services and information to African-American students and their families. (http://www.pdx.edu/dmss/african-american-student-services)
+Native American/Alaskan Native Student Services provides support for Native American (NA) and Alaskan Native (AN) students: Provides advising, counseling, advocacy, and referral to appropriate student services and intervention assistance.
+Latino/a Student Services: A professional of Latino/a heritage provides support services to Latino/a students and their families. She provides support services and information to new and current students. Services in Spanish are offered. (http://www.pdx.edu/dmss/latino-student-services)
Diversity Scholarship Programs
Attracts outstanding students from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
Our mission is to bring together students, faculty, staff, and the community to promote respect, understanding, equality, social justice, and interdependence among people of diverse backgrounds. The Multicultural Center (MCC) provides a forum for collaborative cultural, educational, and social experiences at PSU and beyond.
Native American Student & Community Center
The Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center located on the Portland State University Campus strives to be a self-sustaining learning environment that encourages Self-determination and inspires cooperation and appreciation for all generations of all Nations; it is a gathering place based on traditional indigenous values to invigorate, promote, and engender health, goodwill, and community esteem.
The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Portland State University (PSU) works with motivated and talented undergraduates who want to pursue PhDs. It introduces juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income, and/or members of under-represented groups to academic research and to effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs.
Men of Color Mentoring Program
The Men of Color Program through the office of Diversity and Multicultural Student Services is a mentoring group designed to assist incoming African-American, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander students. The aim of the mentoring program is to assist freshman acclimating to the college environment, utilize campus resources, and encourage academic excellence. The programs overall goal is to support the improvement of graduation rates among these identified groups.
Diversity & Multicultural Study Community
The Multicultural Study Community delivers a package of services and support to students of color through a structured study hall offered every Tuesday from 4-6 pm. Students build community with staff and other students that leads to continued success throughout their academic career.
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the faculty:
Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)
The CDO will support a wide range of diversity-related programs at PSU, including the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE); the Office of Affirmative Action, and work in partnership with the Office of the Ombuds and dozens of student groups. Jilma Meneses starts September 1, 2010.
The Lavender caucus within SEIU supports Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender employees on campus. http://www.seiu.org/a/ourunion/lavender-caucus.php
Office of Diversity & Equity
The Office of Diversity and Equity promotes diversity and inclusion at Portland State University. We offer support, information, and advice to the many Portland State people who work to make our campus a welcoming place for everyone. ODE plays an important role in campus leadership for diversity, but many offices, programs, and campus leaders are involved in diversity efforts that are entirely independent of our work.
President's Commission on the Status of Women
The commission is committed to creating a campus climate that supports, encourages and values the full participation of all women within the PSU community
Provides a forum for collaborative cultural, educational and social experiences at PSU and beyond.
Native American Center
Provides a learning center to unite all communities
PSU Women's Resource Center
The Women's Resource Center seeks to empower women and to encourage their active and equal participation in all levels of the university community and the larger society.
Office of Affirmative Action
A resource for information on several PSU networks and task forces, including the interpersonal violence network, safe space network, sexual harassment task force and the sexual diversity task force.
President's Sexual and Gender Equality Task Force (SAGE)
The task force is committed to creating a campus environment that supports and encourages full participation of sexual minorities in all aspects of campus life.
PSUnity Diversity Workshops
Experienced workshop facilitators foster open dialogue in a positive and supportive environment. For work groups, faculty groups, student groups, or classes.
Recruitment and hiring procedures
Diversity Action Hiring and Retention Team (DAHRT): DAHRT presentations include advice on recruiting for diversity, retaining new colleagues, and maintaining a welcoming workplace. Our goal is to help you avoid hiring and retention practices that inadvertently act against building campus diversity.
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the staff:
See programs for faculty.
The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :
Sherie Guess, Assistant Director and Coordinator Diversity Scholarship Programs
Perla Pinedo, Coordinator Latino Student Services
Jon Uto, Coordinator Equity Retention Services
Dean Azule, Coordinator Native American/Alaskan Native Student Services
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