Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Lisa Mitten
Submission Date March 8, 2018
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State University of New York at New Paltz
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.83 / 3.00 Lisa Mitten
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

The State University of New York at New Paltz values diversity of thought,
expression, and experience and is committed to providing an employment and educational environment that models equity, inclusion and respectful exchange of ideas. The College recognizes that the creation or application of standards that adversely impact the equity of educational or employment opportunities, rights or benefits is detrimental to its vision. Therefore, in compliance with federal and state laws, harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status is prohibited. Remaining an employer of choice as well as a dynamic learning environment is the responsibility of every member of the campus community. We must engage in behavior and decisions that comply with both the letter and spirit of the law.


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

SUNY New Paltz is in compliance with State University of New York discrimination policies outlined below:
The State University of New York, in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and employment and in support of federal and state anti-discrimination legislation, has adopted a complaint procedure for the prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of allegations of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or marital status. Harassment is one form of unlawful discrimination on the basis of the above protected categories. Conduct that may constitute harassment is described in the Definitions section. This procedure provides a mechanism through which the University may identify, respond to, and prevent incidents of illegal discrimination. The University recognizes and accepts its responsibility in this regard and believes that the establishment of this internal, non-adversarial grievance process will benefit student, faculty, staff, and administration, permitting investigation and resolution of problems without resorting to the frequently expensive and time-consuming procedures of state and federal enforcement agencies or courts.

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

The college has a number of programs in place to recruit and retain underrepresented students. These students may be characterized as students of color, students from a lower socioeconomic bracket, and veterans.

* The Office of Undergraduate Admission concentrates its efforts to recruit students from traditionally underrepresented groups through its Multicultural Recruitment Program. This program includes a full-time recruiter who specializes in recruiting students from diverse neighborhoods and school districts within New Paltz's primary market - principally the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau and Westchester counties.
The campus visit is an essential element in recruiting students from racial minority groups. As such, the college hosts group tours through school districts and community based college-bound programs throughout the academic year.
* The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a New York State sponsored program designed to assist students who show promise and potential for academic success at the college level yet demonstrate both an academic and historical financial need for assistance in order to attend college.
* The Scholar's Mentorship Program (SMP) is a networking initiative for talented and high achieving general admission students of color. General admit students of color are pair with faculty and peer advisers throughout their tenure at New Paltz.
* The Office of Veteran and Military Services is staffed with a full-time Coordinator of Veteran Services and VA School Certifying Official. Their purpose is to provide assistance to all U.S. Service members, veterans, and dependents from application to graduation. Their services include, but are not limited to: assisting with all benefits covered under the various GI Bill programs; military tuition assistance (TA); veteran scholarships; general questions regarding Department of Veteran Affairs’ issues; and free parking permits for military and veteran students. All current and prospective student veterans, service members, and their dependents are encouraged to take advantage of our services.

The college has initial and future goals set to increase faculty and staff from underrepresented groups:
Initial Goal: Increase faculty, staff, and administrators from underrepresented and
underserved groups by 5 percent by 2020, through implementing a comprehensive
recruitment and retention plan that takes into account the needs of these specific
Future Goal: Develop comprehensive recruitment and retention programs to increase
the number/percentage of underrepresented and underserved faculty, staff, and
administrators on our campus, better reflecting SUNY New Paltz’s commitment to
diversity and inclusion, the diversity in our student body, and the diversity of the
Hudson Valley and New York

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

SUNY New Paltz's Educational Opportunity Program runs programs to support underrepresented groups on campus. The mission of the Educational Opportunity Program is two-fold: first, the program seeks to recruit and admit students who otherwise would not have access to the University due to educational and financial disadvantages. Second, the program provides comprehensive services to support the success, retention and graduation of its students. These services, by definition, are to extend above and beyond those which are available to the rest of the student body.

EOP sponsors two major programs that provide peer and academic support for EOP students. The first is the Peer Mentor program. Peer Mentors establish a helping relationship with their assigned first-year students. The objective of this relationship is to provide support for first-year students as they adjust to their college experience. Peer Mentors work in conjunction with their assigned EOP Advisors.

The EOP program also coordinates the Men Valuing Professionalism (MVP) Program. The MVP Program is for male EOP students only. This organization supports educational growth and the development of leadership skills. This program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of underrepresented men on campus.

Jessica Pabon started the Women of Color Network (WOCN) for faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz in spring 2016 in the hopes that members could sustain one another by building a meaningful community that offered some of the practical and emotional tools necessary for women of color to thrive within academia.

WOCN meetings provide an unique opportunity to interact with folks who may work in different areas of the college as well as for new staff or junior faculty to foster mentorships with senior staff or faculty. The meetings make the space for members to share personal and professional challenges and successes in a confidential environment; meeting topics are not set ahead of time (no agenda!) but rather arise organically based on the needs of the members.

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The inventory of gender neutral bathrooms is available at:

Gender Inclusive Housing at SUNY New Paltz
The Office of Residence Life has designated various residency options on campus as gender inclusive. These residence options allow a student of any gender to live with another student of any gender. The inclusive housing options are within Bevier, Deyo, Dubois and Lenape Halls. New entry transgender students that are seeking on-campus gender inclusive housing are encouraged to contact the Office of Residential Life to discuss options and needs. Click on the link below to view the Gender Inclusive Housing application: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1iJS-Pii4wFQ2o0Y2VFYm5LWEk/view?usp=sharing

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