Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.61
Liaison Kristina Bryan
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Saint Louis University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michelle Lewis
Institutional Equity and Diversity
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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 IDENTITY AWARENESS & MULTICULTURALISM ("I AM") monthly workshop series are constructed to facilitate new levels of consciousness regarding concepts of social identity, privilege, multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice. The workshops move beyond the "celebration" of diversity approach to one grounded in empowering participants to become aware and knowledgeable change agents by providing interactive, engaging, and dynamic experiences. The mission of the AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALE SCHOLARS Initiative (AAMS) is to provide programs, services, and experiences that will connect African American male students to University, social, and community resources that will facilitate their academic and personal success. Through peer education and mentoring, transition and leadership workshops, advocacy, support, and referrals to campus and community resources, our goal is to aid in the retention and graduation of our students at SLU. The SAFE ZONE program explores Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) issues at the University while providing a support system for the LGBTQI community and its allies. It also explores the concept of an ally and the commitment an ally makes. Through education, advocacy and awareness of LGBTQI issues, the program contributes to an open campus climate that is safe and accepting for all members of the University community. The University also supports the following student organizations: Asian American Association (AAA); Black Student Alliance (BSA); Filipino Student Association (FSA); Hindu Student Community (HSC); Hispanic-American Leadership Organization (HALO); Indian Student Association (ISA); International Student Federation (ISF); Irish Student Guild (ISG); Korean Student Association (KSA); Muslim Students' Association (MSA); Rainbow Alliance; SLU Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (SLU NAACP); Taiwanese Student Association (TSA); UNA, the Feminist Voice of SLU.

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 University's BIAS INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM (B.I.R.T.) is comprised of a diverse group of individuals from within the SLU community, who, in response to a bias incident report, will coordinate an appropriate institutional response. B.I.R.T. will assess any threat to parties involved and recommend appropriate actions to protect the safety of the impacted individual(s) or group. All reports of hate crimes and bias-related incidents are documented and tracked via an Incident Report Log. The log contains relevant information related to each report (within the limitations of privacy laws). The log is posted online and available to members of the University community.

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?:

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