Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.37
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Lowell
IN-9: Diversity and Equity Recognition

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Craig Thomas
Assistant Director
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Has the institution been formally recognized for leadership in diversity, equity, and/or inclusion during the previous three years by a national or international program? :

A brief description of the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition:
Three diversity-focused magazines have named UMass Lowell to their lists of “Top Colleges and Universities” for 2021.

The separate honors from Black EOE Journal, Professional Woman’s Magazine and HISPANIC Network Magazine were based on detailed surveys concerning student recruitment, faculty and staff initiatives, representation and overall climate around diversity, equity and inclusion. DiversityComm Inc. publishes all three titles. The company called honorees “leaders in the quest for true diversity.”

Lowell was the only UMass campus to earn a place on the lists. Other Massachusetts colleges and universities to receive honors were Harvard, Tufts, MIT, Brandeis, Boston College and Boston University. These publications represent an equivalent national or international third party recognition program for leadership in diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.

In 2020, the university announced the formation of a Council on Social Justice & Inclusion with associated task forces on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender and Sex-based Discrimination Prevention.

The task forces are responsible for driving the university’s strategies to ensure and promote a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, says Clara Reynolds, associate vice chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion.

Documentation affirming the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition:

Website URL where documentation affirming the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition is available:
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