Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.54
Liaison Rebecca Quesnell
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Roosevelt University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Maria Cancilla
STARS Intern
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:

The Counseling Center welcomes the opportunity to make presentations to classes and organized groups.  Topics that can be presented include: Diversity Awareness, Culture Shock, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Sexuality Issues, LGBTQ Issues and more.

The Academic Success Center offers academic tudoring and peer mentoring programs for all students and The Disability Services program serves all students with special needs. The use of services is voluntary and confidential.



The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:
Does the institution have a discrimination response policy and/or team (or the equivalent) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:

The Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT) is a campus wide team that assesses disruptive or concerning behavior by students, faculty, staff and guests; provides consultation; makes recommendations to the authoritative entity that, in turn, takes action; and brings in appropriate services and departments to resolve situations before they become emergencies.

The website URL where more information about the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team is available:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:

The Office of Residence Life formed a 19 member Task Force in the fall of 2012 in response to a Student Government Association resolution that called for a gender neutral housing option at Roosevelt.

The Task Force met throughout the fall semester and included students, staff, faculty, and members of the University Center leadership team. The Task Force developed working subgroups that completed the following aspects of the proposal:
- Researching institutional models for best practices
- Conducting assessment of student support for gender neutral housing
- Developing a definition of gender neutral housing for Roosevelt
- Developing a housing assignment process
- Researching risks and liability
- Researching impact on facilities
- Creating academic partnerships
- Developing a community education plan

The entire report can be found here:

This Daily Harold Article from spring of 2014 shows the fruits of the task force's labor:

Brandon Rohlwing leads dorm with goal of inclusion:

Thirty-eight students live on the 22nd floor of Roosevelt University's residence hall, and Brandon Rohlwing doesn't know, or care, how many of those students are male or how many are female.

"You need to embrace who you are, and be the best you can be, and we're going to help you with this," says Rohlwing, 20, the West Dundee native who runs the new Gender and Diversity Inclusive Living Community that occupies the entire floor.

Full article here:


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