Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shá Duncan Smith
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Inclusive Excellence
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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:
While the University provides several dedicated resources for underrepresented students including the Office of Multicultural Learning, the Multicultural Center, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the best example is the LEAD Scholars Program. LEAD SCHOLARS PROGRAM The LEAD Scholars Program is a four-year program for first generation college students (students whose parents did not attend college) focused on academics, community engagement, and service. Administered by the University Honors Program, this program begins in the freshman year to ensure students’ smooth transition from high school to college. It continues through students’ senior year by connecting students with internships, graduate school preparation, and leadership opportunities. Participation in the program is by invitation only. Students are selected because they have the distinction of being among the first members of their families to attend college. The Multicultural Center (MCC) The MCC is a Chartered Student Organization committed to the celebration of cultural diversity and the promotion of perspectives of people of color. The MCC is dedicated to providing an environment conductive to the expression and appreciation of different cultures of people of color. Frontiers for Under-Represented Students in Engineering Program (FUSE) FUSE provides programs for underrepresented engineering students that establish strong study habits, provide tutoring assistance, set up opportunities to develop mentor relationships and involve the students in campus minority societies. Safe Space The Safe Space program enhances Santa Clara's educational commitment to its students by improving the environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) members of the University community. All students are eligible to receive free support from the Drahamann Center The Drahmann Center is home to undergraduate Academic Advising, Disabled Student Resources, International Student Resources and Learning Resources. The Center provides tutoring, learning skills development, academic advice, visa and immigration information, and any accommodation required for certified physical or learning disabilities.

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 policy specifically pertains to sexual- and gender-based misconduct, but has been used to adjudicate many forms of discrimination. The policy specifically pertains to students. Incidents of bias or discrimination pertaining to staff and faculty are handled by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, unless involving identity groups under the jurisdiction of affirmative action policies. Such cases are handled by the University’s Affirmative Action office. The University does not have a bias response team.

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?:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Also see: http://www.scu.edu/cml/resources/safespace.cfm

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