Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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Smith College
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Eric Hamako
Program Coordinator
Institutional Diversity & Equity
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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:

At Smith, a high priority is placed on achieving and supporting diversity among our students, faculty, and staff in the areas of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, disability and age. Smith College fosters free access to knowledge, its unfettered discovery and communication through research and education, and the creation and sustenance of a community of scholars, students, and staff. The Smith community can realize these goals only in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The college aspires to create and maintain an educational, working, and living environment that is respectful of differences and free from harassing behavior.

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:

Smith participates in the Five Colleges Intergroup dialogues, where staff and faculty on each campus are invited to examine issues of race, ethnicity, class and rank, gender, and religion during the Five College Days of Dialogue. This effort, launched by the Five College Intergroup Dialogue Committee in 2008, in partnership with the UMass Social Justice Education Program of the School of the Education, expands upon the strengths of current intergroup dialogue programs at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Days of Dialogue are intended to be a starting point for continuing conversations about important issues on all Five College campuses. The long-term goal of this initiative is to build the capacity to develop sustained dialogues across differences among college employees led by a Five College cadre of trained facilitators. In addition, the college's Human Resources Department sponsors Class Action, an organization based in Amherst, to come to the Smith campus to run workshops which focus on class awareness issues.

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

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