Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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Slippery Rock University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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 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 Women's Center of Slippery Rock University addresses contemporary issues that affect women's well-being. The Women's Center's staff is dedicated to addressing social justice issues, including oppression, gender inequality and interpersonal violence.

The Office of Multicultural Development serves as the impetus for positive interactions with all cultures while providing diverse opportunities for SRU students with special interest to those of historically underrepresented groups. See http://www.sru.edu/life-at-sru/diversity/multicultural-development for additional information about the Office of Multicultural Development, and the many programs they offer on campus.

The Frederick Douglass Institute is a university program for advancing multicultural studies across the curriculum and for deepening the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass.

Various President's Commissions also sponsor programs for underrepresented groups; for more information see http://www.sru.edu/about/administration/office-of-the-president/presidents-commissions to view information about Commissions on Race and Ethnic Diversity, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Women, and Disability.
A Safe Zone workshop is also offered by the President's GISO (Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation) Commission 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 LGBTQI students and peers. Safe Zone provides LGBTQI 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. For more information, see the GISO Commission web page at http://www.sru.edu/about/administration/office-of-the-president/presidents-commissions.

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:

SRU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion coordinates the efforts of all six Presidential Commissions (including the Commission on Disability Issues, the Commission on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation (GISO) Commission, the Commission on Race and Ethnic Diversity, and the Commission on Women) and responds to discrimination issues; SRU also offers Student Intervention Services.

See http://www.sru.edu/offices/diversity-and-equal-opportunity/policies-procedures-samples-and-forms for SRU's policies and procedures on Discrimination and Harassment, ADA Accommodations for Employment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault, and Protection of Minors.

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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