Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Massachusetts Lowell
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lauren Turner
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Outreach
Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Outreach
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:
The UMass Lowell Office of Multicultural Affairs offers a variety of support programs to underrepresented groups on campus. These programs include: Ally Space - The Office of Student Activities and Leadership, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, and The Office of Residence Life work collaboratively to offer Ally Space training. This training will provide information and resources to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) members of our campus community. Our hope is to provide a network of faculty, staff, and students who are prepared to serve as a resource for students by training small groups at a time. The Diverse Faculty and Staff Network Reception - In partnership with Human Resources, this network provides a space for faculty and staff of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to connect and create meaningful relationships across departments and academic disciplines. Our office will sponsor a networking event for diverse faculty and staff once a semester. The Student Committee Fostering Inclusive Communities is made up of student leaders from the 36 student organizations that fall under the Multicultural Affairs umbrella. The groups work together to promote inclusion on campus through the various programs and resources that each group offers. The Office of Multicultural Affairs facilitates and organizes the monthly group meetings. In addition there are over 37 student organizations committed to raising awareness and building inclusive communities. http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Multicultural/default.aspx The Office of Veterans Services enhances services to veterans by streamlining and providing clarity to the benefits process, engaging students in the life of the university, and by providing a support and advocacy network for students of peers, alumni, local community organizations, and state and national agencies. UMass Lowell offers the following services to veterans: • Wired for Work: Endowed in the Fall of 2012. A student Veterans co-op program pilot made possible by a $750,000 grant from the Chirag Foundation and with support from the Massachusetts State Department of Veterans Services to increase statewide employment of UMass Lowell student veterans in the computer science and information technology sectors. • Boots To Business: Created in the Summer of 2013, Student Veterans participate in a professional mentoring program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services and the Massachusetts Department of Career Services in partnership with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce to increase student veteran and recent veteran graduate employment. • Edge4Vets: In the Fall of 2013, the Chancellor’s goal of ensuring that every UMass Lowell Student Veteran find employment, led to the creation of this cooperative effort that provides internships, Coops and permanent employment for Student Veterans. This program includes participation from Massachusetts companies including Covidien, Fresenius Medical Care, Haemonetics, Vertex, Pfizer and recently expanded to include NStar, Boston Scientific, Analog Devices, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Staples. The program involves the collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services, Massachusetts Department of Career Services, and UMass Lowell Offices of Career Services and Veterans. Edge4Vets’ comprehensive approach to Veteran employment is unique in the Nation. • Work Recruitment Program (WRP): Student Veterans began participating in the Fall of 2013, participating in a federal recruitment and referral program to connect federal sector employers nationwide with student veterans with disabilities. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity.

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:
UMass Lowell has adopted numerous equal opportunity and conduct guidelines which are listed here. • Nondiscrimination Guidelines that apply to all faculty, employees, students and individuals who are authorized to conduct business with and/or perform services on behalf of UMass Lowell. It is the position of UMass Lowell that all members of the University community and its visitors may not be subjected to a hostile work or learning environment. Administrators, faculty and staff who direct the work of others in supervisory roles are required to report possible discrimination or hostile environment behavior to Equal Opportunity & Outreach. These matters will be responded to with prompt concern to facilitate resolution. If the provisions of these guidelines are violated, the University will take appropriate steps to halt the inappropriate behavior and address its effects. • Sexual Harassment/ Title IX/ Violence Against Women Act Guidelines • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidelines • Guidelines for Veterans • University of Massachusetts Principles of Employee Conduct UMass Lowell has also adopted an Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure and a Sexual Harassment/ Title IX/ VAWA Procedure.

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?:
Yes

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