Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Mindy Granley
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Duluth
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.33 / 3.00 Susana Woodward
Diversity Coordinator
Office of Cultural Diversity
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

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

The University of Minnesota Duluth prohibits discrimination in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Retaliation is also prohibited.

The Non-Discrimination statement and policy can be accessed at this policy website:
https://www.d.umn.edu/department-human-resources/supervising-umd/umd-policies-and-procedures

Also available to public directly from this Google link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx94yIDteFbIb0tDX2lDTWRvcVE/view


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?:
Yes

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

The Campus Climate Response Team was created to respond to issues or incidents that degrade or threaten the campus climate and that require a response beyond that provided by established processes. It reports to the UMD Chancellor, and its responsibilities include developing and facilitating the implementation of a timely and appropriate response to a campus climate incident. In order to come up with a response, the CCRT will evaluate and analyze an incident, coordinate a “real time” response, and involve all critical parties and/or stakeholders. The team will coordinate communication with the campus, public, media, etc. in a timely manner by receiving data from other processes and offices that also respond to campus climate incidents.

Reports and Summaries of CCRT incidents are located here: http://www.d.umn.edu/campus-climate/action-teams/response-team


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

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

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

Students.
The Cultural Outreach & Retention Effort (CORE) is a branch of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion that works directly with students to support Black/African American, Asian/Pacific American, Latinx/Chicanx students. Staff act as secondary advisors to assist in guiding students to the proper resources and advocating for each student when necessary. CORE houses mentoring, tutoring, and the student ambassadors services. Additionally, the program is directly connected to the STEM Program. Student Ambassadors serve to recruit/increase the number of underrepresented students attending UMD. Mentoring and Tutoring services of CORE serve to retain students from underrepresented groups.

More information on CORE at: https://www.d.umn.edu/office-diversity-inclusion/programs-services

Staff & Faculty.
College of Science and Engineering has a mentorship program and People of color and Native American mentoring program. Campus wide strategies to recruit and retain underrepresented faculty and staff are currently being developed as part of the updated UMD Strategic Plan. The College of Science and Engineering's efforts in this area will likely be a model for the rest of campus to grow from.


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

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

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

For the students the most popular support system comes from the Student organizations inside the Multicultural Center. The mission of the Multicultural Center is to enhance academic achievement, create a sense of belonging, celebrate diversity, and foster positive relations among UMD students, faculty and staff. This will be accomplished by:
-Providing a forum for communication, discussion and understanding of educational, political, social and cultural issues of concern to the students served at the Multicultural Center.
-Supporting programs and activities that promote appreciation and awareness for a truly multicultural and inclusive community.
-Providing support for and advising student organizations
-Serving as a catalyst for change and support of the University's effort to achieve pluralism.
-Providing personal and academic support, advising, and disability accommodations.

The Cultural Outreach & Retention Effort (CORE) is a branch of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion that works directly with students to support Black/African American, Asian/Pacific American, Latinx/Chicanx students. Staff act as secondary advisors to assist in guiding students to the proper resources and advocating for each student when necessary. CORE houses mentoring, tutoring, and the student ambassadors services. Additionally, the program is directly connected to the STEM Program. Student Ambassadors serve to recruit/increase the number of underrepresented students attending UMD. Mentoring and Tutoring services of CORE serve to retain students from underrepresented groups.

All faculty and staff have access to counseling support services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no cost (up to 8 sessions).


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?:
Yes

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

UMD has many resources to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups, such as:
-- The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (multiple programs and services within)
-- Multicultural Center
-- Student Organizations
-- Disability Resources
-- Graduate School Diversity Office (located on TC Campus)
-- McNair Scholar Resources (assistance to low-income/first gen college students and students from underrepresented groups to prepare for and enter graduate and Ph.D programs). https://grad.umn.edu/diversity/mcnair-scholars-resources


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

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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Dec 2019 changes:
1) Updated Non-Discrimination policy and statement URL instead of Google Link
https://www.d.umn.edu/department-human-resources/supervising-umd/umd-policies-and-procedures
2) Mentoring, Counseling and Support Programs: Changed response to NO for staff/faculty as EAP program is not specific to underrepresented groups
3) Recruitment Programs: Changes response to NO for staff/faculty and added a link to the CORE program for students.

Gender Inclusive Housing information: http://www.d.umn.edu/housing-residence-life/applications-assignments/gender-inclusive-housing

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