Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.15
Liaison Christina Goodwin
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Sterling College (VT)
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Favor Ellis
Dean of Community
Residence Life
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

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

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION

Within the Sterling community, we believe everyone should have equal access to community resources and opportunities. While not always the case, inequity is most commonly associated with groups that have experienced discrimination related to their race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, socioeconomics, gender, gender presentation, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Equity implies a need for fairness (not necessarily equality) in the distribution of resources, and the entitlement of everyone to an engaging, supported, and meaningful educational experience.

STERLING COLLEGE COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY

We believe that all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and that our community is strengthened through diversity. Sterling College is committed to creating and maintaining a community which:

-Is free from racism, sexism, homophobia, and other prejudices
-Is free from the weight of hate, discrimination and fear
-Promotes and fosters physical and emotional safety
-Fosters civil and respectful dialogue

https://sterlingcollege.edu/equity-diversity-and-inclusion/


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?:
Yes

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

An in-depth description of our discrimination policy is on the Sterling College Community Guidebook listed at the web address included here. The response team includes the Dean of Community and two Title IX coordinators.

According to our Safety and Security webpage, "The Dean of Students and Risk Management Committee review all crimes for manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender presentation, ethnicity, or disability. Any student, faculty member or employee who is the victim of a bias-motivated incident or hate crime is encouraged to file a report immediately. The College takes all reports seriously and will thoroughly investigate every incident and work with local law enforcement agencies whenever necessary."

An example from the past year was a student-based complaint that the College was privileging “predators”. As a result of that complaint, the College formed a
Community Care Task Force, coordinated transformative justice trainings, and revised the Community Accountability Report. A Campus Climate Survey was also implemented in the past year to assess feelings of safety around bias and discrimination. The results of this survey have been assessed by the College's Equity Council who have put into place an action plan for addressing concerns raised through this data. A third example of support for students is an inclusive marketing policy to address student concerns about authentic representation. The draft policy is currently being reviewed by students of color and LGBTQ+ students and will be adopted no later than July 1. A fourth example is the addition of a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow who will provide support to those affected by bias incidents, acts of discrimination or hate crimes through activism, advocacy, academics, and student life.


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

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

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

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

Admission has recruiting plans in place for students of color, LGBTQ students, and veterans. Faculty and staff recruiting has been reviewed so we can get as many underrepresented groups applying for these positions as possible.


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

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

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

Sterling College provides direct student support through a number of channels. Community Advisors are trained peer support. For students looking for support from their more specific community, Sterling provides Pride for LGBTQ+ students and Roots for BIPOC students. Sterling also has weekly Community Meetings and Student Life Council where all students, staff, and faculty come together, face-to-face, to discuss issues and concerns, and demonstrate our appreciation for each other.


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

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

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