Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Slippery Rock University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Holly McCoy, JD
Assistant Vice President
Diversity and Equal Opportunity
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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:

There are four President’s Commissions related to diversity and equity issues: the President's Commissions on Disability; Gender Identity & Sexual OrientationI; Race & Ethnicity; and Women. In addition, there are two separate offices for diversity and equity.

The mission for the President's Commission on Race & Ethnicity is as follows:

The President's Commission for Racial and Ethnic Diversity seeks to increase the number of people of color who choose to work/study at Slippery Rock University. The Commission encourages their participation in all facets of university life by striving to nurture a campus climate that is free of discrimination, intolerance and bigotry. We work toward an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences in our diverse faculty, student and staff.

Each commission regularly hosts discussions, workshops, speaker series, first year (FYRST) seminars for incoming freshman, and student projects/events that raise awareness about divesrity and inclusion.

--Additional Commissions missions are available at website provided--

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 Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

SRU is a campus affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) and offers diversity training using their model which utilizes university employees and students as trainers. Two programs are offered: Welcoming Diversity (a 4 hour comprehensive diversity training model) and Handling Controversial Issues (a 2 hour conflict resolution seminar).

A Safe Zone workshop is also offered to faculty, staff, and students. Safe Zone is a program that identifies and trains pro-diversity faculty, staff and student leaders to provide support and resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) students and peers. Safe Zone provides LGBTQ campus community members with a "safe" place to go for help, advice, or just to speak with someone who is supportive of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Safe Zone training consists of instruction on the effects of oppression, misconceptions of homosexuality, and provides a detailed review of sexual identity development.

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

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