Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.93
Liaison Gabrielle Jette
Submission Date April 13, 2022

STARS v2.2

The Catholic University of America
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 3.00
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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:
Our community is born of a shared commitment to core values. The Catholic University of America, guided by reason and the light of Catholic faith, is a community dedicated to the cultivation of knowledge, skills, wisdom, and virtue. Catholic teaching requires respect for the dignity of others. Membership in the University community brings with it the obligation to conduct oneself in ways that promote these goals, build up the community, and refrain from activity inconsistent with our shared goals and commitments. Consequently, Catholic University expects a higher standard of behavior than the law requires.

No person will be denied employment, admission, or educational opportunity, or otherwise be discriminated against or harassed in the University’s programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, status as a veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws or University policy. Nothing in this policy shall require The Catholic University of America to act in a manner contrary to the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church and the University's mission as the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States or to diminish its rights as a religious organization.

https://policies.catholic.edu/faculty-staff/employment/eeo/affirmact.html

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:
The University will conduct prompt, thorough, and objective investigations into all reported instances of discrimination or harassment prohibited by its Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy. Individuals who report or experience prohibited discrimination or harassment shall be informed of and encouraged to use all appropriate University, law enforcement, and community resources. Individuals accused of discrimination or harassment shall be informed of and encouraged to use all appropriate University and community resources and shall receive due process in accordance with the law and University policies and procedures.

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

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:
Students: The Center for Cultural Engagement (CCE) plays a prominent role in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Catholic University students from minority backgrounds. The CCE plays a significant role in the learning and development of traditionally underserved students; while serving as an institutional advocate for their overall success. The CCE is a recognized and respected partner in the development of comprehensive academic support and accompaniment of minority students on campus. The CCE has built strong networks that connect the university with other local and regional partners invested in the success of minority students, their families and communities.

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

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:
The Center for Cultural Engagement (CCE) Take Flight program launched in 2019 supports the transition of first generation students to life at Catholic University, capitalizing on the gifts and talents they possess. Take Flight is designed for students whose college application indicates that neither parent has obtained a college degree in the United States. Through their participation in Take Flight, first generation students are able to navigate their time at The Catholic University of America with confidence and ease. Take Flight allows first generation students to: easily access all the resources available on campus and beyond; reach personal and academic goals; develop healthy habits that ensure academic success; and fully engage in campus life.

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?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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