Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Lee McQueen
Submission Date Feb. 2, 2012
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University of Nebraska at Kearney
PAE-8: Support Programs for Under-Represented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Cheryl Bressington
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support under-represented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the student body:

Office of Multicultural Affairs - The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Multicultural Center are places where students from diverse backgrounds can come together to plan events and raise cultural awareness on campus.
International Education - Each year students from 50 countries make UNK their first choice in quality education. Our International Center offers the resources that all International students need: arrival help and orientation, information on immigration requirements, cultural counseling, and a place to relax and study. URL: http://www.unk.edu/international/

Thompson Scholars - A community for the recipients of the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarships, the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community (TSLC) is designed to enhance the learning and living experience of UNK Students who have been awarded a scholarship by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. The learning community affords the scholars additional academic support from a faculty director, TSLC Staff members, and peer mentors, alongside all of the exceptional resources provided through the UNK campus for student success. URL: http://www.unk.edu/thompson/

Women’s Studies - The mission of the Women's Center is to foster a campus community in which women and men live and work together in a mutually respectful environment. The Center provides a safe space for students to meet, study, and access resources designed to empower full and healthy lives. URL: http://www.unk.edu/offices/womenscenter/Women_s_Center/

Cultural Diversity Courses - The purpose of the Cultural Diversity requirement is to introduce students to non-Western cultures (such as those of Africa, Asia, and Latin America) and to give voice to traditionally underrepresented groups in America and Europe. URL: http://www.unk.edu/academicaffairs/wi_cd.aspx?id=5020
Gender Equity Committee - The Chancellor's Committee on Gender Equity is charged with the dual responsibility of reviewing policies and practices and of making appropriate recommendations in order to avoid any sexual discrimination which may affect faculty, students and staff in an academic, professional, or personal manner. URL: http://www.unk.edu/offices/aaeo/Chancellor_s_Committe_on_Gender_Equity/

Queer Straight Alliance -Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ community, or a straight ally, this is an organization that will help raise awareness, promote education, and provide a safe space for LGBTQ persons and issues. We strive for the acceptance of the queer community and support collaboration of queer and straight persons to achieve equality. URL: http://www.unk.edu/studentlife.aspx?id=45542


A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the faculty:

ADA Committee - The University of Nebraska at Kearney's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee exists as a vehicle to advise the Chancellor on ADA policies and practices. The Committee has two distinct charges. First, the Committee is charged with reviewing and supporting the development of institutional policy and identifying potential areas of concern in matters related to disability issues. Second, the Committee is charged with serving as a review panel for accommodation plans upon the request of the ADA Coordinator. These charges are designed to encourage and support disability initiatives and to protect individuals and the university community collectively from the possible moral and legal repercussions of the violation of ADA/504 guidelines. URL: http://www.unk.edu/offices/disabilityservices.aspx?id=13651.

Employee Assistance Program - Confidential free counseling to employees and related family members living in the same household for assistance with work/personal problems. URL: http://www.unk.edu/offices/humanresources.aspx?id=21238 or http://www.bestcareeap.org.

Professional Development Committee of Staff Senate – This committee seeks to bring speakers and various activities to campus to facilitate professional development as well as campus involvement. Many of the speakers and activities are open to staff, faculty and students. URL: http://www.unk.edu/committees/staffsenate.aspx?id=3288.

Disability Awareness Week – Activities during this week support education and inclusion. Activities include speakers, panels, movies, etc.

Peer Health Educators - Peer Health helps students make wise and informed decisions regarding Tobacco, Alcohol, Relationships & Healthy Eating. URL: http://www.unk.edu/peer_health/


A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the staff:

ADA Committee - The University of Nebraska at Kearney's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee exists as a vehicle to advise the Chancellor on ADA policies and practices. The Committee has two distinct charges. First, the Committee is charged with reviewing and supporting the development of institutional policy and identifying potential areas of concern in matters related to disability issues. Second, the Committee is charged with serving as a review panel for accommodation plans upon the request of the ADA Coordinator. These charges are designed to encourage and support disability initiatives and to protect individuals and the university community collectively from the possible moral and legal repercussions of the violation of ADA/504 guidelines. URL: http://www.unk.edu/offices/disabilityservices.aspx?id=13651.

Employee Assistance Program - Confidential free counseling to employees and related family members living in the same household for assistance with work/personal problems. URL: http://www.unk.edu/offices/humanresources.aspx?id=21238 or http://www.bestcareeap.org.

Professional Development Committee of Staff Senate – This committee seeks to bring speakers and various activities to campus to facilitate professional development as well as campus involvement. Many of the speakers and activities are open to staff, faculty and students. URL: http://www.unk.edu/committees/staffsenate.aspx?id=3288.

Disability Awareness Week – Activities during this week support education and inclusion. Activities include speakers, panels, movies, etc.

Peer Health Educators - Peer Health helps students make wise and informed decisions regarding Tobacco, Alcohol, Relationships & Healthy Eating. URL: http://www.unk.edu/peer_health/


The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :

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