Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.27
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date July 12, 2016
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University of Texas at Arlington
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Meghna Tare
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:
The University of Texas at Arlington embraces diversity among its students, staff, faculty and administration. Diversity is essential in the achievement of the University’s academic mission. Diversity means sustaining an intellectual, ethical, cultural and sociological environment that embraces and fosters academic freedom without prejudice, intimidation, intolerance, or discrimination. UT Arlington promotes an environment that accepts and appreciates every individual’s uniqueness and characteristics regardless of race, gender, gender identity, language, age, ethnicity, physical abilities, sexual orientation, spirituality, socioeconomic status, or national origin.

The University recognizes the value of diversity in preparing students for employment upon graduation. Students are encouraged to be receptive to unique and differing points of view. Thereby, the University recognizes the value of diversity in its curriculum.

There is commitment to attracting and retaining a critical mass of diverse faculty and staff. This provides an environment that ensures unique work and educational experiences that occurs with interactions of people with diverse backgrounds, different perspectives, life experiences, beliefs and ideology.

The University leadership acknowledges the importance of diversity on an academic campus and therefore supports the following:

* an annual lecture series on diversity
* identification and support of minority student, faculty and staff organizations
* recommends a course that emphasizes the value/importance of diversity for every student

The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:
Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:
Welcoming DiVerSity Faculty & Staff Workshop and Lunch : Hosted by UT Arlington’s Office of Human Resources Management and Development, this workshop is an experiential, interactive program designed to promote awareness and increased sensitivity to the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups in our society. Done in an upbeat, hopeful tone, the program focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Participants will also discover how to be more attentive to diversity and racism in the workplace and community.

Diversity Training Institute ( DTI ) is a three-day summer institute geared toward training university staff members on the development of diversity education programs at their respective campuses. Participants learn to design their own programs promoting awareness of social justice issues. Participants also will have the opportunity to share their own experiences, attend workshops on facilitating group discussions, working with administrators to gain support of diversity education and finding the best resources.

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:
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