Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.64
Liaison Sustainability Office
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 2.00 Victoria Benson
Deputy Chief HR Officer
Human Resources
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

From Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: https://diversity-inclusion.uncg.edu/

Chancellor Gilliam in his installation as the 11th Chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro set forth our guiding vision as one of commitment to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion.

“To this idea that if we’re going to change the world, we must understand that we have a shared fate. We are connected, in an inextricable pattern, in which what happens to one of us, happens to all of us. At the core, that’s what our university is all about.”

UNCG fully supports and values an inclusive community with visible and meaningful representation of diversity. We seek to promote a climate of civility and respect, where diverse viewpoints and experiences are welcomed. UNCG is committed to protecting the rights of all to ensure that each person in our community is empowered, valued and respected for their contributions to the mission of this university. As a minority-serving institution, we embrace our role as serving a large, diverse student body and we are committed to our mission as providing access and opportunity for all.

From Human Resources/Director, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA): https://hrs.uncg.edu/Affirmative_Action/

The AA Network ensures compliance and monitoring of the AA Plan. The Chancellor's Advisory Committee contributes to a healthy campus climate by analyzing, monitoring, and providing input regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion issues at UNCG. The Disability Advisory Committee contributes to campus needs regarding accommodation requests for students, faculty and staff. The Director of EEO and AA has oversight for all EEO and AA needs of EHRA-Non-Faculty, SHRA Staff and Student Employees.

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

UNCG Campus Training Opportunities for Diversity Issues:

Faculty and staff may request access to diversity-inclusion

Intercultural Lecture Series: A series of 10 events on campus at various times of the day and various dates, focused on intercultural learning, examination, and education. Faculty, staff, and students.

Spartans-in-Dialogue: Offered both semester, the 10-week experience is for faculty, staff, and students to work together to encourage dialogue and discussion about challenging diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice issues. Some events are campus-wide, hosted in the University's ballroom.

Shades of Color Conference: An annual event that aims to create a safe, empowering, inclusive space for all community members of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to discuss, reflect on and mobilize around issues of multiculturalism. A sense of awareness about intersecting social identities and the relationship between campus and other communities are both central to the goals of the event. We strive to proactively create change through motivating, informing, and challenging individuals to address social justice issues, both personally and within their communities.

Contemporary Issues Forums: These provide an avenue to participate in discussions around "hot topics" in a multicultural society. Discussions are led by faculty and staff from across the university and serve to introduce people to a particular topic as well as engage in in-depth analysis of its most important issues. Past topics include: "Is This a Post-Racial America?", "Post-Feminist America?", "American Indian Mascots: Why All the Hype?", and "Conservative Blacks and Black Conservatives: There are Differences."

Human Rights Week: This event is an opportunity for the UNCG community to focus on human rights issues domestically and abroad. The week is organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in partnership with various student organizations, academic departments and community organizations. The most recent week of events addressed issues of immigrant health outcomes, tribal sovereignty, human trafficking, and LGBT equality.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated every year with a week of events offered to inspire and challenge the university community to continue to strive towards the ideals of peace and justice. The highlight of the week is the annual MLK Celebration in which an invited speaker delivers a keynote address in the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy. Past speakers include Rev. Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, and Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel in space. During the same event the MLK service award is presented to a member of the UNCG community who has gone above and beyond their role at UNCG and has truly lived Dr. King’s vision.

UNCG's Human Resources Department also offers workshops and training opportunities (please see: http://workshops.uncg.edu/). Examples of cultural competence topics include "Intercultural Sensitivity: Looking Through Other Eyes" and "Ouch! That Stereotype Hurt." (Intercultural Sensitivity Awareness - this three-hour workshop centers around Milton Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), a model of the development of one's worldview structure. Safe Zone - UNC Greensboro’s Safe Zone Training consists of three individual 3-hour workshops, titled: Safe Zone 1.0, Safe Zone 2.0, and Trans Zone. After completing all three workshops, participants will receive a sticker as an outward display of their commitment to inclusion. Green Zone Training - Green Zone training is for faculty and staff desiring to learn more about the military affiliated student experience. Brave Zone: Changing the Climate to Prevent and Effectively Respond to Multiple Forms of Violence - Students experiencing this type of violence often turn to college faculty and staff for help and support after an incident, but faculty and staff can also play an important role in prevention. Working Across the Generations: How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work - Generational misunderstandings happen all the time in our personal life but what happens when it is on the institutional level we want to alleviate the stress and provide understanding on how to work together across generations. How to Handle Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) -  In order for campus staff to continue to provide trauma informed, timely, and appropriate care for students, employees must have the opportunity to find support and practice their own self-care. Dealing with Difficult People: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst - While you can't change difficult people, you can communicate with them in such a way that they seem to change themselves. It's about knowing how to get through to them when they're behaving badly. Positive Personality Profiles: Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator (MBTI) Insights to Understand Yourself and Others - The MBTI profile is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people's behavioral differences.)

CASE Conference sponsored by African American, African Diaspora Studies Department, Coalition of Diverse Language Communities programs, Native American History Month; Asian History Month; Hispanic/Latino History Month (Alianza and SALSA ); Black History Month and MLK Celebration now a joint venture between NC A&T State University (HBCU) and University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Human Rights Week; various projects, seminars, and community outreach of our Greek organizations. Also need to add URLs for Multicultural Affairs, Coalition of Diverse Language Communities and others if available.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data provided by Dr. Victoria Benson, Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer
Data provided by Dr. Jim Settle, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student

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