|Submission Date||Feb. 15, 2016|
University of Richmond
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
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:
• Safe Zone network provides training and on-going learning and networking among members to provide support for the LGBTQ community.
Multicultural Affairs supports all students of underrepresented racial and ethnic identities through support groups, cultural programming, and leadership development.
• Pre-Orientation provides support for racially and ethnically underrepresented students during an intensive 3-day pre-orientation program.
• PAM mentors are peers who provide direct support to first –year students, most often
those from underrepresented groups, who are directly invited to participate.
• Support for First-Generation students, now called Spider Firsts, provides community-building and academic support resources for students whose parents did not obtain a bachelor's degree out of the Office of Common Ground
• Support for all Queer and Trans students is under the Associate Director of Common Ground for LGBTQ Campus Life, the first full-time LGBTQ-focused staff member at a private Virginia University.
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:
The role of the Bias Resource Team is to coordinate the University’s response to bias activity that is likely to affect the University community and to ensure that individuals or groups who are adversely affected by bias activity receive appropriate support and guidance. The Bias Resource Team supplements, but does not supersede existing University policies and procedures, and it supports the efforts of University offices and departments that address bias activity. Core BRT members include high-level administrators from across the university including members of the president's office staff, dean's offices, the provost, the director of human resources, director of multicultural affairs, counseling services, and more. They meet to coordinate the University's response to bias incidents, including coordinating care for the alleged victims or community, and communication with the broader campus or surrounding community if warranted.
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?:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.