Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Carolyn Shafer
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Pratt Institute
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Carl Zimring
Professor of Sustainability Studies
Social Science and Cultural Studies
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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:

HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Pratt Institute is committed to the recognition and preservation of each individual’s human rights and does not discriminate or tolerate harassment on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, religion or creed, marital status, age, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, political beliefs, disability, citizenship, genetic information, or national or ethnic origin with respect to the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all members of its academic community. Such rights, privileges, programs, and activities include, but are not limited to, employment at the Institute, admissions, financial aid, scholarships, access to housing, educational programs, co-curricular activities, and participation in athletic programs.

The Institute upholds the values and standards that support this human rights policy, and, as such, maintains high expectations regarding the conduct of its students, faculty, staff, and administration. This policy applies uniformly to all members of the Institute’s community, who are encouraged to promptly report problems or matters that could be in violation of this policy. Persons found in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including the termination of employment of employees and suspension or expulsion of students.

https://www.pratt.edu/student-life/student-affairs/office-of-the-vice-president-for-student-affairs/student-policies/community-standards/human-rights/


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):


The Bias Education Response Taskforce (BERT) is a group of administrators and faculty who are committed to fostering an inclusive campus climate by supporting targeted individuals when bias and/or hate incidents occur.

For more information about BERT or to report an incident, please email bert@pratt.edu.

BERT MEMBERSHIP
Convener - Nsombi B. Ricketts, Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Co-Chair - Esmilda Abreu, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator
Co-Chair - Dennis Mazone, Director of Public Safety
James Kempster, Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Jazmin Peralta, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Tom Greene, Director of Legal Affairs
Cristobal Stewart, Assistant Dean of Continuing and Professional Studies
Chris Kasik, Director of Residential Life and Conduct Officer
Steve Riccobono, Director of Human Resources
Judith Williams Cadet, Title IX Deputy
Jasmine Cuffie, Coordinator of Health Education and Promotion
Christopher Jensen, Associate Professor, Math and Science
Ann Holder, Associate Professor, Social Science, and Cultural Studies
Michele Gorman- Adjunct Associate Professor, Undergraduate Architecture

https://www.pratt.edu/the-institute/diversity-and-inclusion/bias-education-response-taskforce/


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
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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?:
No

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:

https://blacklivesmatterpratt.com/about/

At Pratt, Black Lives Matter means addressing the systemic racism and white supremacist ideology inherent in institutions of higher learning in America. It means creating dialogues around the racial inequality within our institution, and fostering activism within our campus body. It means confronting anti-Blackness openly and honestly.

Black Lives Matter at Pratt reinforces activism as art and art as activism.

What We Do

Encourage and educate faculty members on incorporating the #BlackLivesMatter movement into their class curriculum.
Work with faculty members to create open class periods fostering collaboration across disciplines and exposing students to a wider range of discussions. Open class calendar coming soon.
Facilitate Black Lives Matter Events on campus throughout the school year.
Collaborate with local organizations and activists to work within the broader Brooklyn community.
Commit to critiquing and combatting the intersections of privilege and oppression on our campus OR Hold ourselves accountable to ourselves.


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:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
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Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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