Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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University of Kansas
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Fred Rodriguez
Vice Provost for Diversity & Equity
Provost 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:

"Hawk Link" is an academic based retention program designed to assist first year students in navigating their first year open to all students with a special emphasis on students of color. "Transitions" helps second year students as they transition from their first year to the second. "SOAR, Students Obtaining Academic Resources" is a free tutoring and mentoring program provided through Hawk Link offering one hour per course per week tutoring for a variety of freshman and sophomore courses.

The Office for Diversity in Science Training (http://www2.ku.edu/~odst/) also provides support for minority students in the sciences:
- The 500 Nations Bridge Program is a National Institute of Health (NIH) supported program at the University of Kansas (KU) and Haskell Indian Nations University that promotes diversity in biomedical research. Bridge aims to increase the number of American Indian students who obtain advanced degrees in science and enter biomedical research by providing Haskell students who are interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in a field related to the biomedical sciences with opportunities to facilitate their transition to programs at other universities, including KU.
- The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) is designed to enhance the experience of a diverse group of students at the University of Kansas who are interested in pursuing graduate study and a research career in a field related to biomedical research. Major components of the program include mentored student research experiences, enhancement programs in introductory science and math courses, and enrichment activities such as group seminars, faculty and peer mentoring, and travel to scientific meetings.
- The Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is a federally-funded program at the University of Kansas that promotes diversity in biomedical research. This program provides mentored research experiences and training to assist recently graduated students with preparing for graduate school in a science-related field.

In addition to these programs, The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers classes that focus on student transition, diversity education and career exploration. OMA also sponsors events throughout the year to support underrepresented groups including the following:
- "Colors of KU" is a three-day diversity retreat designed to build leadership, organizational, and other skills with a large focus on diversity and multiculturalism.
- "Heritage Month/Week Celebrations" are coordinated to commemorate African History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, KU Pride Week, Native American Heritage Month and Asian Heritage Month.

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:

According the KU policy against discrimination, the process for resolving discrimination complaints may include some or all of the following actions: informal inquiry and discussion, mediation (except in cases of sexual harassment), disciplinary action, or other appropriate action. If the subject matter or issue of the complaint does not fall within the jurisdiction of this policy, the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access staff will advise the complainant of other available procedures.

In many cases, individuals will take appropriate corrective action when they are made aware of how their actions or behaviors are being perceived. If the complainant is comfortable doing so, he or she may bring the concerns to the attention of the person responsible for the behavior or action. Complainants who choose not to address the discrimination directly on their own or through other informal processes may seek the assistance of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access.

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?:

More information about anti-discrimination policies and programs at KU can be found at http://ioa.ku.edu/discrimination

Additional website for equity offices: https://emilytaylorcenter.ku.edu

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