Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.45
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Julie Price
Sustainability Coordinator
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:
This policy is online and publicly accessible in lobbies and breakrooms in each building.

https://www.uab.edu/policies/content/Pages/UAB-BT-POL-0000052.aspx

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):
UAB has established a Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) that assesses bias
complaints and coordinates university resources to respond to bias-related reports.

BIRT is committed to contributing to a UAB community that fosters a sense of civility, community, respect, and understanding to support a multicultural and diverse campus environment. Response to bias incidents and reports will be sensitive to the rights of all parties involved. Any bias-response intervention that is warranted under the circumstances will be educational at its core. The intervention may involve a variety of activities including discussion, mediation, training, counseling, and consensus building.

Students, staff, or faculty who experience, or become aware of, a bias-related
incident are asked to report the incident immediately using an online
form. A member of the Bias Incident Response Team contacts the reporting party with-in 24 hours of filing the report to make appropriate arrangements to discuss the incident.

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:
The Equity Leadership Council: https://www.uab.edu/dei/constituent-groups/equity-leadership-council
An equity advisor (EA) is appointed by the dean or director of each school or unit with regular faculty and serves as a member of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Equity Leadership Council. The council meets regularly during each academic year. Equity Advisors have a central role in faculty training, monitoring the faculty search and other hiring processes, and consultations on matters of equity. Equity Advisors leverage their direct experience with local culture and climate to advise their deans in terms of strategy, policy, training, climate, and accountability. Although Equity Advisors report directly to their deans, they also work closely with and provide invaluable advice to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They represent the most important advisory council for the Office.

The duties and responsibilities of equity advisors include the following:

Collect and maintain information on faculty vacancies, tenure decisions and promotions in the school or unit.
Serve as a non-voting member of each faculty recruitment, tenure and promotion committee in the school or unit.
Maintain a database of journals and publications read by minorities and women in each subject area of the school or unit.
Review all advertisements for faculty vacancies before they are published.
Serve as a resource for faculty recruiting for the dean or director and department chairs in the school or unit.
Provide an annual report on recruiting activities in the school or unit to the dean or director and to the Vice President for Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
Certify that all recruitment policies and procedures have been followed for each recruitment activity by signing the Faculty Recruitment Experience Report.

UAB Equity Advisors provide leadership in establishing diversity as a core value within the unit.

UAB is an NSF-affiliate for LSAMP scholarships. http://alsamp.eng.ua.edu/about/partners/

UAB actively recruits underrepresented students through a variety of programs intended to support those students (retention) and get them to graduation. For example:
TRIO https://www.uab.edu/students/academics/trio
INTO UAB https://www.uab.edu/global/into-uab

UAB was recently awarded an NSF grant, in partnership with other AL schools, to address gender equity in STEM: https://www.uab.edu/news/people/item/10676-uab-awarded-nsf-advance-grant-to-address-gender-equity-in-stem

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:
UAB offers free counseling for all students at UAB Student Counseling Services. https://www.uab.edu/global/into-uab

UAB also hosts a variety of organizations to support underrepresented populations:

The Alliance for LGBTQ equality at UAB offers the above support programs:
https://www.uab.edu/dei/alliance

The African-American Faculty Association:
https://www.uab.edu/dei/aafa

The Commission on the Status of Women:
https://www.uab.edu/dei/women

The Equity Leadership Council:
https://www.uab.edu/dei/constituent-groups/equity-leadership-council

UAB Wellness administers the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center: We provide confidential support services for employees and members of their immediate household with free resources for resolving work-related and personal problems.

The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), formerly the Minority Scholars Program, is an academic enrichment and scholarship program designed to support the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students at UAB. The program has supported scholars for over 20 years and continues to thrive in assisting them to reach their educational and professional goals through knowledge investment and social development. The motto that best embodies this initiative and its focus is “each one, reach one.” As a cohort, all MSP scholars are encouraged to live by the motto of “Each one, reach one” by paying it forward in support and service throughout their communities.
https://www.uab.edu/dei/cace/campus-engagement/multicultural-scholars-program

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
UAB annually offers The Bridge to the Doctorate funding through the NSF to provide support for minority students to attend grad school and earn a Ph.D. in STEM fields. The support includes an annual stipend of $32,000, tuition, fees, and health insurance for a 2-year period. https://www.uab.edu/dei/cace/about/bridge-to-the-doctorate-program

UAB is an AGEP institution:
http://epscor.ua.edu/alabama-minority-serving-institutions.html

UAB Graduate School also offers doctoral fellowships for minority students. https://www.uab.edu/graduate/students/current-students/paying/financing/doctoral-fellowships-for-minorities

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
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Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
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