Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.47
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sherwood Smith
Senior Executive Director
Diversity, Engagement, & Professional Development
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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 President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence (PCIE) is an institutional advisory board at the University of Vermont, whose primary mission is to advance the strategic diversity and inclusion goals of the University of Vermont. The primary functions and responsibilities of the PCIE are to:
-Promote the integration of the tenets in Our Common Ground throughout the culture, operations, and functions of the University of Vermont.
-Create, advise and recommend priorities for strategic diversity engagement at all levels and in all areas of the University of Vermont.
-Track emerging diversity issues at the University of Vermont.
-Review, update, monitor, and endorse major institutional documents and initiatives through a diversity lens (i.e., the strategic diversity plan).
-Meet with the University of Vermont President each semester to discuss strategic diversity engagement at the University of Vermont.
-Make an annual presentation/report to the institution’s senior leadership (i.e., Vice Presidents and Deans) about the University’s progress on advancing strategic institutional diversity goals.
-Provide opportunities for members of the University of Vermont community to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas regarding diversity and inclusion at the University of Vermont.


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:
All

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

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

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

100% was selected for all because at minimum, diversity training is included in all staff and faculty orientations, which are mandatory. Students are required to take 2 diversity courses as a graduation requirement.

More details on variety of required training for different types of positions:
ALL EMPLOYEES: The UVM Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity hosts an online training course required for all faculty and staff, entitled "Preventing Discrimination and Harassment." The interactive course addresses a number of important topics, including sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination and harassment, as well as information about support services, reporting options, and mandatory reporter obligations. The course also addresses topics such as inclusive language and bias incidents. The course takes approximately 90 minutes for non-supervisors and 120 minutes for supervisors.

ALL STAFF: The Professional Development & Training Office offers series and individual programs and workshops for all UVM employees (see attached list), The Center for Cultural Pluralism offers programs for all UVM employees and under the AVP for Faculty Affairs there is a diversity focused faculty event each October.( http://www.uvm.edu/provost/?Page=facaffairs.html)

ALL FACULTY: New Faculty Orientation - Annual two-day event for held at the beginning of each academic year, providing a broad orientation to the role of faculty member at the University of Vermont, including opportunities and expectations for faculty teaching, research, and service at UVM. Held in August. (http://www.uvm.edu/~facrsrcs/nfo/)

ALL CHAIRS/ADMINS: Annual workshop, held at the beginning of each academic year, for new Chairs and Associate Deans serving in this capacity for the first time. Topics include: chronology and procedures for important annual processes handled at the chair/unit level, guided discussions on academic leadership, information on legal and institutional requirements of academic supervisors, and a check-list of resources for handling issues that may arise in this role. Held in August. (http://www.uvm.edu/~facrsrcs/?Page=newchair_admintraining.html)

ALL CHAIRS/ADMINS: Round table discussions/trainings held each semester on topics of interest to Department Chairs and other faculty administrators. Topics include: relevant provisions in UVMs faculty governance documents (including the Collective Bargaining Agreements, COM Faculty Handbook, and University Manual), departmental leadership issues, compliance requirements, guidelines for RPT and sabbatical applications, and similar topics. Held in February/March.

ALL STUDENTS: All UVM undergraduate students must successfully complete the following two requirements prior to graduation:
One 3-credit course from Diversity Category One (D1) (Race and Racism in the U.S.), to be taken as early as possible after matriculation to UVM - preferably no later than the sophomore year); and A second 3-credit course from either Diversity Category One (D1) or Diversity Category Two (D2)(the Diversity of Human Experience). ​(https://www.uvm.edu/generaleducation/diversity-requirement)


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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More info here:
Center for Cultural Pluralism: https://www.uvm.edu/ccp
Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity: https://www.uvm.edu/aaeo
Mosaic Center for Student of Color: https://www.uvm.edu/mcsc.
Prism Center: https://www.uvm.edu/prism

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