Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.85
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2015
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Principia College
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Shelby Tisinai
Land Stewardship Assistant
Biology and Natural Resources
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Office of Student Life focuses on all aspects of student life, including diversity and equity. In the case of students, alleged Principia Community Commitment violations are referred to the Dignity and Defense Program which is comprised of Restorative Justice and Community Board processes (this excludes sexual harassment charges which are referred to the grievance process adviser). In the case of faculty and staff, issues of diversity and equity are handled by the Department of Human Resources, with grievance procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook.

The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:

Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students No
Staff No
Faculty No
Administrators No

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

There are no cultural competence trainings per se, but Principia offers a wide range of activities to promote awareness and acceptance of other cultures. These activities include, but are not limited to:
-ELL (English as a Learned Language) program
-Black Student Union
-LAZOS (Latino club)
-Layad (Asian club)
-Half the Sky (Women's issues)
-Friendship Around the World
-A wide range of course offerings, including Global Studies, History, Sociology, Woman's Studies, and Political Science
-The Euphrates Institute Chapter ("raising awareness, eliminating bias, and promoting tolerance and love for Middle Eastern culture and people")
-Dean's Time: panel of international students to educate the faculty about cultural differences
-Whole World Festival--celebration of the beauty expressed in other cultures while encouraging community cohesiveness by embracing differences.
-Abroad groups learning about other cultures in country
-International Perspectives Conference
-Mentoring: new international students receive a mentor to help them adjust and feel welcome to the USA and Principia College
-New International Student Orientation: cultural adjustments
-New Employee Orientation: raising cultural awareness

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:

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