Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.54
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Austin
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 2.00 Suchitra Gururaj
Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement and Economic Development
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
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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, equity, inclusion and human rights?:
Yes

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:

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement launched in 2007 and is one of the most comprehensive units of its kind in higher education. It is lead by the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement is tasked with implementing policies, best practices, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights. In addition, every college, school and unit across campus maintains a diversity committee. With more than 40 programs and initiatives, the DDCE includes Office for Inclusion and Equity, Academic Diversity Initiatives, Diversity Education Initiatives, the Multicultural Engagement Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, the Gender and Sexuality Center, the UT Charter School System, Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs, UT Outreach, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, the UT Austin Community Engagement Center, and the University Interscholastic League. Our work spans the university and community, reaching faculty, staff, students, alumni and prospective students.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Most

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Most

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Most

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

This past year Human Resources and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) have teamed up to provide a series of 11vdiversity and inclusion classes that result in a Diversity Certificate for employees. The classes feature topics such as “Managing a Diverse Workforce,” “Campus Climate,” “Strategies for an Equitable Workplace,” and “Title IX Basics.”

Human Resources also offers diversity-related trainings via online modules when employees first join the University's staff. The modules are updated periodically and staff must retake the modules every 2 years. The DDCE provides toolkits and trainings for recruiting and retaining faculty and inclusive classroom trainings as well as disABILITY Advocate trainings that help faculty and staff better understand students and employees with disabilities and learn the best ways to advocate for those students and employees. The DisABILITY Advocate training is offered annually and by departmental request. DDCE additionally offers a two-part LGBTQ Ally training twice a year and upon request.

Housing and Food Services offers diversity programming through its residence halls and Student Affairs includes diversity training in all freshman orientations. Students must take courses in the areas of Cultural Diversity and Global Ethics in order to graduate.


Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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