Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.22
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Slippery Rock University
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.78 / 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, equity, inclusion and human rights?:
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 Orientation; Race & Ethnicity; and Women. In addition, there are two separate offices for diversity and equity, and a Chief Diversity Officer was recently hired (in 2021) to coordinate the activities of all commissions.

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 that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Some

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
All

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
All

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

As part of Slippery Rock University's ongoing efforts to expand its campus community's capacity for diversity, equity and inclusion, the University instituted mandatory DEI training for all employees and student workers. The three required courses are Managing Bias, Diversity and Inclusion and Accommodating Disabilities. See published article on this program at https://www.sru.edu/news/031121a

SRU partnered with EVERFI to provide online education courses as part of a new comprehensive DEI training program, including modules on

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.


Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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