Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.51
Liaison Dan DeZarn
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Geneseo
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dan Dezarn
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

- Office of Diversity and Equity - office aims to "to broaden understanding, heighten awareness, awaken empathy, and foster empowerment of all individuals" aids in processes involving Title IX, affirmative action/equal opportunity, the Discrimination Complaint Procedure, diversity and equity processes, and community education on diversity and equity (ex. peer-led workshops, Safe Zone Training)

- robbie rountenberg serves as Chief Diversity Officer leading the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to advance the broader aim of creating an inclusive and supportive campus climate. They provide guidance on a range of efforts including ensuring compliance with laws prohibiting discrimination; overseeing campus matters relating to Title IX, affirmative action, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and domestic violence.

- President’s Commission on Diversity and Community - presidential appointed group representing faculty, administration, and students and consists of 5 subcommittees
1. The Professional Development Subcommittee develops sessions that aim to engage members of our community around issues of diversity and inclusion.
2. Campus Climate Analysis Subcommittee measures and evaluates the campus climate regarding diversity and inclusivity, and it provides useful information to assist everyone at SUNY Geneseo to build a more inclusive community.
3. Real World Geneseo (RWG) is an "Extreme Learning" course. The course, 201, was designed primarily for sophomores and juniors with the goal of building a strong foundation for cultural competency. The class includes a 3 1/2 day intensive off-campus retreat, weekly academic seminar, and a service learning project that is designed and implemented by students. The RWG experience allows students to engage in dialogue about social systems of power and privilege, explore their worldview, and to gain the knowledge and skills needed to become advocates for inclusivity.
4. Equity Scorecard Subcommittee focuses on identifying and reducing impediments to success among students from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds, with the ultimate goal of raising the retention and graduation rates for these students. The committee has been conducting a campus equity study in collaboration with the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California, using their Equity Scorecard process.
5. Outreach and Visibility group aims to broaden the campus’ awareness of the robust work of the Commission, to cultivate relationships with students, staff, and faculty that fosters feedback and collaboration, and to connect various related campus efforts into a cohesive community-wide effort.

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

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:

During orientation for new students, there are programs and presentations relating to diversity and equity. This includes a presentations on Title IX, how to access disability services at SUNY Geneseo and the importance of self advocacy, and the LGBTQ+ student experience at Geneseo. Also, general education requirements that require students to take a class on other world civilizations.

During faculty orientation there is a brief overview on the campus commitment to diversity as well as diversity training in order make sure that the faculty and staff respects different cultures and ideas. Some sections of campus, including C.A.S. (Campus Auxillary Services) have diversity seminars that are required for all staff, including student workers.

Employees need to complete the annual training program for Workplace Violence Prevention which is available through myCourses. In accordance with the College's Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and New York State Law, employees at Geneseo need to complete training on an annual basis.

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