Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.26
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date March 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Unity College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Stacey Hachey
Administrative Assistant
Sustainability
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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:

We welcome and support ALL members of our college community as well as collaborators and stakeholders. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expressions, gender identities, age, socioeconomic status, family status, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected under local, state or federal laws in the recruitment and admission of students and in the recruitment and employment of employees. http://unity.edu/about/diversity-equity-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):

When a student who have experienced a bias incident, our team provides one on one assistance for the affected student. During the reporting period, there were only 2 reported incidents of discrimination, and both were addressed and the students involved reported satisfaction with the response. Unity College emphasizes prevention through orientation and providing access to services and response teams. We have a Unity Commission intended to hear complaints related to inclusion, civility, and community, which has an email alias to accept concerns. The Unity Commission on Community Standards & Inclusivity (The Unity Commission) is a cross-functional body of Unity College professionals whose sole charge is to hear college community concerns (Specific to Community Standards and Inclusivity), represent those matters to the Unity College President, ensure appropriate and timely resolution, maintain communication with the concerned party or parties, and provide information to the larger community as appropriate. The Student Code of Conduct has clear guidelines for student behavior, and violations are addressed by the Dean of Students and the Judicial Review Board, each of which can impose sanctions that include community restitution and education, as well as more serious penalties. The Employee Handbook similarly details expectations for college employees, and concerns are addressed through Human Resources.


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:

For Students: The college recruitment plan is regionally based, with specific focus placed on regions that are identified as having high numbers of underpresented populations on campus. In particular, we attend college fairs in more urban areas; we specifically reach out to first generation and military; and we attend ethnic-specific college fairs. For Staff: The College partners with both Goodwill Industries and Restorative Justice to recruit staff members who are reentering the workplace after juvenile detention or incarceration. For Faculty: The College posts positions on diversity specific websites and College representatives attend the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, an initiative of the Compact for Faculty Diversity that gathers minority doctoral scholars.


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?:
Yes

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

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

Our Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) and Counseling Services centers are available to help students with a wide range of support services including study skills, cultural counseling, sexual orientation, conflict resolution, and much more. The ADA Coordinator works across departments to support differently abled students.

Unity has SafeZone trainings for any faculty, staff, and students on campus to support the LGBTQA community. Unity also hosts projects from Love Is Louder and It Gets Better campaigns


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?:
Yes

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