Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.92
Liaison Christina Goodwin
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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Sterling College (VT)
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Favor Ellis
Dean of Community
Residence Life
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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?:
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:

Equity Council - Sterling has made a commitment in its strategic initiative to become an anti-racist and anti-biased institution, including dismantling white supremacy culture, structural racism, and the persistence of oppression that impacts human and ecological wellbeing. The Equity Council takes those actions that contribute to improving the experience for underserved members of our community by supporting an institution-wide approach that supports a culture of inquiry, grounded in a commitment to equity, aimed at supporting the success of all our students. The Equity Council also serves as an advisory group to the President and other councils to support Sterling’s commitment to developing inclusive educational programming and to recruiting and retaining a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

Sterling is also home to Roots, a student group for BIPOC students.


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

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

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

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

Students receive cultural competence trainings through student orientation, which includes a workshop called Connections, which focuses on healthy relationships and cultural competence. Students, staff, and faculty also get ally training. This past year, we've had mandatory trainings on dismantling racism and homophobia, Realizing Empathy, identity and communication and transformative justice.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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In April of 2019 Sterling College adopted a strategic initiative that commits Sterling to use education as a force to address structural oppression that impacts human and ecological well being.

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