Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Santa Cruz
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Elida Erickson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:

UCSC houses many student-initiated and institution-sponsored organizations, focused on supporting and promoting dialogue and awareness around the needs of a diverse population of underrepresented students. This includes the African American Resource Center, Chicano Latino Resource Center, MeCHA, Disability Resource Center, American Indian Resource Center, Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center, African American Resource Center, the Cultural Arts and Diversity Center, Rainbow Theater, Lionel Cantu Queer Center, and the Women's Center (just to name a few). There are also special-themed Greek organizations to represent different groups. To provide details on one particular program that is unique to UCSC, Rainbow Theater was established in 1994 with a mission to create unity, higher visibility and understanding of various cultures within our communities. The goal is to foster the spirit of unity by breaking down cultural walls, providing an outlet for creative talents of various ethnic communities by giving voice, promoting dialogue as well as celebrating diversity and fostering communities.

The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:
Does the institution have a discrimination response policy and/or team (or the equivalent) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:

UCSC's Hate/Bias Response Team reviews all hate/bias incident reports and the appropriate member(s) will contact the reporter/victim, if this is desired, to provide support and offer referral to services. If enough information is provided in the report, the appropriate team member(s) will address hate/bias incidents as they are related to students, faculty and/or staff.

The University of California, Santa Cruz expressly prohibits students from engaging in conduct
constituting unlawful discrimination, harassment or bias. In keeping with the UCSC Principles of
Community, we expect students and their guests to refrain from any acts or behaviors that are directed at
other members of the campus community, and that result in unlawful discrimination, harassment or bias
for an individual or group, and/or that substantially disrupt University operations or interfere with the
rights of others. The campus does not seek to limit freedom of speech but rather strives to ensure that all
members of the campus community are able to participate in University programs and activities to the
fullest extent possible.

The website URL where more information about the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team is available:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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