Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.24
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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Slippery Rock University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
1.56 / 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 to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

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 diversity and inclusion.

Additional Commissions mission statements are available at http://www.sru.edu/about/administration/office-of-the-president/presidents-commissions


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Most

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Most

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

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 programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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