Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.83
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 10, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Cincinnati
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

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

http://www.uc.edu/about/policies/non-discrimination.html The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.

The university does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in University programs or activities.

The university responds promptly and effectively to allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. It promptly conducts investigations and takes appropriate action, including disciplinary action, against individuals found to have violated its policies, as well as provides appropriate remedies to complainants and the campus community. The university takes immediate action to end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects of any hostile environment on affected members of the campus community.

UC is committed to the ideal of universal Web accessibility and strives to provide an accessible Web presence that enables all university community members and visitors full access to information provided on its websites. Every effort has been made to make these pages as accessible as possible in accordance with the applicable guidelines.

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?:

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

The Bias Incident Response Team assists the university community in addressing actions committed against people, property, and identifiable groups that are motivated by a bias against race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical ability, disability, or any other type of bias.

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

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

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

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

See our attached Diversity Report: www.uc.edu/content/dam/uc/diversity/docs/5787-Diversity-Report-2011-2016.pdf
The University of Cincinnati has a variety of programs where we are looking to support underrepresented groups through our recruitment of faculty, staff and students, such as:
- the Turner Scholars program: https://www.uc.edu/eps/applying_turner.html
- the Summer Bridge Program: http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=18569
- offices and programs: https://www.uc.edu/inclusion/resources/offices-programs.html
- initiatives: https://www.uc.edu/inclusion/priorities/initiatives.html
- required diversity for new employment: http://www.uc.edu/news/nr.aspx?id=23526
- for minority graduate student: https://grad.uc.edu/student-life/awards/yates.html
Specifically for staff we the following programs and policies:
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and adheres to the laws that ban discrimination and require federal contractors/subcontractors to take affirmative action to ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability or status as a Vietnam or special disable veteran. UC makes every effort to ensure a diverse applicant pool, including but not limited to, advertising openings via contacts with other institutions, professional organizations, publications, social media and/ or individuals who are in a position to assist in attracting highly qualified applicants.

The University of Cincinnati has an ongoing relationship with Cynthia Crews with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). This is our main point of contact for disability outreach. We also have an ongoing relationship with Jeanne Buse with RecruitMilitary. Through Jeanne we receive information about local veteran specific job fairs and Cynthia a sends us regular notices of their job fairs and we participate.

Additionally UC is an active participant in the Uptown Consortium. HR in particular attends the recruitment meetings and shares data about Uptown employment at UC. We also participate in annual job fairs targeted specifically to Uptown residents.

All jobs are currently posted with OhioMeansJobs which is an affiliate of Monster.com. Jobs posted here are also shared with Monster’s Career Ad Network. We also utilize CareerBuilder as a posting resource which shares their posts with AbilityLinks.org and Disability Scoop.com.

At the onset of SuccessFactors we were sending all job notifications automatically to OOD for job dissemination. OOD discontinued their job board and as of 2016 refer all of their clients to the Ohio Means Jobs career site. When UC learned of that changed we instituted a weekly email push to OOD notifying them of our current openings. In addition to OOD, we added additional contacts at local job search organizations to proactively reach out to these groups and their clients. Recipients include:
• Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries / Cincinnati Goodwill (Disability)
• Cincinnati Works (General Job Assistance)
• Job Corps (General Job Assistance)
• Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) / Office of Workforce Development (OWD) (General Job Assistance)
• Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (Disability)

Through our applicant tracking system, SuccessFactors, our job postings are also shared with the following:
• Vet Jobs
• US Military Pipeline
• Hero2Hired

In addition to disability and veteran specific resources, we utilize the following that are higher ed and diversity-specific:
• Insight Into Diversity (in conjunction with our HEED certification)
• Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium

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

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

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

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

An array of programs and services exists to meet the diverse needs of our university community.

The African American Alumni Association is a constituent group of the overall University of Cincinnati Alumni Assocaition that reconnects African American alumni to the university through a variety of activities and events.

The African American Cultural & Resource Center supports the mission of the University by recruiting, retaining, encouraging the successful matriculation and enhancing the growth and development of students at the University of Cincinnati. However, the Center’s major focus is to address the academic, social, spiritual and cultural needs of the African American student population.

The Disability Services Office is dedicated to empowering students with disabilities through the delivery of reasonable accommodations and support services while educating the UC community to see beyond disabilities to the richness of inclusion.

The Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) Program is a comprehensive, nationally respected program which seeks to increase the number of African-American, Latino/a, and Native American students in the College of Engineering while helping such students achieve excellence in college and beyond.

The Emerging Ethnic Leaders Initiative works to increase and empower student of color leadership at the University of Cincinnati through community building, networking opportunities, service engagement, and mentoring.

The Office of Ethnic Programs & Services (EPS) embraces the ever-increasing diversity of the University of Cincinnati campus by: providing quality programs and services that enhance cultural, ethnic and racial awareness, supporting the needs of students of color, and building bridges between the university and the Cincinnati community.

The Office of Equal Opportunity reaffirms UC policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment in any of the programs and activities of the university. The Director serves as the Title IX Coordinator and oversees the resolution of faculty, staff, and student inquiries. The Office of Equal Opportunity coordinates support for and resolution of faculty and staff requests for reasonable accommodation.

Just Community is a major initiative to create cohesiveness, appreciation for diversity and a sense of pride among students, faculty and employees at the University of Cincinnati. Just Community can be described as an ideal, a philosophy or a state of mind.

The LGBTQ Center supports students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identify. The office includes a LGBTQ resource library and a common safe space for educational, social and recreational programming related to LGBTQ student issues.

The UC Early Learning Center serves children and families of the University of Cincinnati and community by providing a high quality, educational program sustained through a professional, nurturing staff.

UC International is responsible for the university's international strategy. Its three functional divisions are planning, programs, and services.

UC Women's Center creates equitable and safe environments on campus students through advocacy, research, and education.
Veterans Services are available to address the unique needs of students students re-entering civilian life after deployment.

Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) provides an environment for students to attain their full potential by engaging in activities with faculty and peers to promote their success in the science and engineering professions.

Students can get professional counseling and particpate in many programs through the UC Counsleing Center: http://www.uc.edu/counseling.html. See also the range of reosurces available at http://nursing.uc.edu/future_students/support_services.html. Some of the reources for facutly and staff can be found here: http://www.uc.edu/inclusion/priorities/just-community-principles.html, here: http://www.uc.edu/orgs/ucleaf.html, and here: http://www.uc.edu/hr/bewelluc.html

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?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

UC's Preparing Future Faculty program provides instruction in modern teaching and learning and offers rich mentoring experiences that strengthen these career skills for graduate students. The program covers topics including:
- Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education
- Motivating Culturally Diverse Students

UC also offers McNair Scholars Graduate scholarships and incentive/retention awards.

UC's Yates Scholars Program also supports the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority groups to graduate programs.

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

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

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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.