Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 31.22
Liaison Morgan Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Andre Fortune
Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services
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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:

The Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services is a retention department designed to support all NEBRASKA students, but has a special emphasis on students of color. Housed in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center (opened Spring 2010), staff works with students to create a familiar and comfortable environment to help students finish through to graduation. NU Connections, Study Skills Workshops, academic success labs, and a variety of social events are coordinated through this office

NU Connections is a mentoring program that provides first-year and second-year undergraduate students with a support system consisting of: Academic Resources, Peer Mentors, lunches with faculty/staff, and regular meetings with OASIS Program Coordinators. Students awarded the Nebraska Achievement, Davis/Chambers, SIPS, or Heritage Scholarships are required to participate in this program

Student Support Services:
Student Support Services is committed to making higher education available to college students with academic need, who are low-income, first generation (neither parent has a bachelor's degree), and/or students with physical disabilities. SSS offers a broad range of opportunities and services to promote the academic success of eligible college students. Studies have found that students who receive comprehensive services from SSS programs are more than twice as likely to stay in school.

LGBTQ and Ally Programs and Services
The Assistant Director for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Ally Programs and Services (LGBTQA) works in the Office of Student Involvement. The Assistant Director provides a "Safe Space" for LGBTQ and Ally students, provides relevant resources and referral, delivers "Safe Space" educational training to those who have experienced discrimination/harassment based on sexual orientation/gender identity/expression

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:

Discrimination and Harassment Policies:
The Office of Equity, Access and Diversity Programs investigates all allegations of illegal discrimination and harassment. The process involves fact-finding and assessment of the situations, followed by an assessment of those facts with regard to federal and state laws, rules and regulations and with University of Nebraska-Lincoln and departmental policies and procedures. EADP will also make recommendations and suggestions for a resolution of the conflict. The focus of these internal investigations is to ensure fairness and to help facilitate an outcome that will enable individuals to experience an environment where they have an opportunity for success.

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?:

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