Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Smith College
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 2.00 Dwight Hamilton
Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
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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?:

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:

The Inclusion Council was established in 2009. The council works with the vice president for inclusion, diversity and equity to promote and achieve Smith’s diversity and social justice goals. Membership includes faculty, staff and students from key constituencies on campus.

The mission of the Inclusion Council is to ensure that the ideals of equity, inclusivity and justice espoused in the broader college mission are inherent in the relationships, practices and activities of Smith’s students, staff and faculty. The members of the council fulfill this mission by:
-Fostering a campus climate that is built on inclusiveness, mutual respect, education, appreciation and understanding
-Informing Smith community members of the college’s diversity efforts
-Encouraging an awareness and appreciation of diversity among members of the Smith community
-Facilitating the integration of diversity into curricular and co-curricular offerings
-Providing strategic advice to the President and Director of OIDE on campus diversity
-Supporting diversity initiatives in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students from underrepresented groups
-Creating safe, respectful and consistent opportunities on campus to discuss diverse perspectives
-Reporting to the Smith community the findings of an analysis of the climate of diversity on campus

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

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

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

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity teaches cultural competence trainings and activities that teach our community the definition of inclusion and how to create inclusion. The trainings focus on creating inclusive spaces, workplaces, and living spaces, and how to foster open environments. Trainings also include our rights and responsibilities under civil rights laws.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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