|Submission Date||Feb. 24, 2017|
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
|3.00 / 3.00||
Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) 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 protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):
Anyone reporting discrimination is encouraged to complete a Bias Incident Report Form. The below information is listed on the UWRF "Reporting an Act of Bias/Hate" webpage (https://www.uwrf.edu/Inclusivity/BiasReporting.cfm). There is then a team of campus faculty and staff who review all reports and work with the necessary authorities and resources to resolve the issue while offering the reporter adequate support.
Report an Act of Bias/Hate
If you have experienced or witnessed an act committed against any person, group, or property, that you believe discriminates, stereotypes, harasses, or excludes anyone, based on some part of their identity*, please report it using the Bias Incident Reporting Form.
Use this reporting form no matter the severity of the incident. Any incident, including hate crimes, can be reported using this form.
*Identity may include race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, nationality, language, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, group affiliation, and/or other similar factors.
If you are in a situation that requires IMMEDIATE MEDICAL, POLICE, OR OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICES:
Campus Police: 715-425-3133
City of River Falls Police: 715-425-0909
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
During the last year, the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee has: 1. Continued to gathered and organized research on effective recruitment/retention of a more diverse faculty/staff. 2. Built a library of information available to Search and Screen Committees to use in recruitment. Designed to highlight proximity to more diverse communities. a. Gathered sample materials from across the region. b. Arranged through the Provost's office to have selected information, including specifically designed with diversity in mind, available through his office at all times. This information could also be taken to conferences when faculty/staff are actively recruiting. c. Presented at all administrators/managers/chairs meeting on usefulness and availability of materials. 3. Arranged for automatic dissemination of newly designed recruitment materials designed with diversity in mind to faculty/staff granted university funding for conferences/meetings. Presented usefulness and availability information at all administrators/managers/chairs meeting. 4. Continued to audit UWRF website for diversity/inclusivity opportunities and made recommendations for improvement. 5. Beginning work on institutionalizing valuing of diversity/inclusivity via documents designed for use in retention and promotion. UW River Falls is a member of the higher education recruitment consortium (HERC). All of UW River Falls faculty vacancy notices are posted on the HERC website. In recent months, HERC has: · Interacted with over 1,000 future faculty of color at the Compact for Faculty Diversity’s Institute on Teaching and Mentoring · Established a relationship with the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program · Shared HERC information with attendees at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the Society for the Advancement for Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Conference, and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity · Advertised in the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities conference booklet · Co-sponsored two webinars with the Federal Office of Disability Employment Policy · Created a national Diversity Taskforce that is focusing on HERC’s relationship with HBCUs, HSIs, and Tribal Colleges, planning increased efforts and expenditures on diversity advertising and partnerships, and organizing additional diversity-related member webinars . Attendance by several Human Resources staff at a day-long workshop and training: Searching for Excellence & Diversity: A Workshop for Search Committees April 22, 2015 . Briefing to Leadership Assembly and Cabinet Leadership on the current status of diversity in the workforce at UWRF including areas of under-utilization and evidence-based practices for recruiting and retention UW River Falls is specifically a member of the upper Midwest HERC, and UMW HERC was responsible for organizing two national webinars on academic publishing in the sciences. Presented by Elsevier, one of the world’s largest science and health information providers, the webinars attracted scientists who indicated the webinars were their first exposure to HERC. Over 137 graduate student and postdoc scientists participated in the webinars.
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
Campus map for family restroom designations (Printable Parking Lot Map-found in lower right hand side):
The Student Involvement Office offers campus wide programming that is intended to:
-raise awareness about diverse social identity groups
-help students build their cultural competency
-assist students in developing a more comprehensive & synthesized view of their own identity
-assist students in becoming informed citizens about the social, structural and institutional barriers that affect various groups of people through social justice educational efforts
- additional information about the diversity organizations
-McNair Scholars Program--TRIO
Student Support Services (SSS)--TRIO
Upward Bound Program - TRIO
Student Support Services is a project designed to help students maximize their academic potential and achieve their academic and personal goals. Students must be a first generation college student, have financial need, and/or have a disability. Through the program, they receive mentoring from other students as well as faculty and staff. The program benefits include knowledgeable and committed coaches, early grade awareness reports, academic and study skill support, cultural activities, financial literacy (budgets, credit cards, student loan guidance, FAFSA assistance), professional development (resume, interview skills, internships, networking and graduate school exploration), service projects and leadership development, referrals and connections to other campus resources, SSS Grant Aid, community of first generation scholars, and priority class registration. The SSS program improves the retention and graduation of the students it serves. In 2015-16, 88% of participants were in good academic standing and 86% graduation or returned to UWRF for Fall 2017.
Multicultural Student Services
Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office is dedicated to supporting and connecting you with the campus community and resources during your time at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. MSS provides an inclusive and supportive community space for underrepresented students to learn and engage with educational resources, leadership opportunities and campus community.
Ability Services supports students who have very difficult medical, physical, sensory, or brain related issues. When necessary the office arranges alternative ways these students can do important things. This is often called "accommodation." The goal is equal access and opportunity.
UWRF has a goal of increasing the percentage of the UW-River Falls workforce comprised of faculty and staff of color to 8% by 2020. Ways we are supporting pursuit of Goal #3 and in turn supporting our faculty and staff from underrepresented groups include:
University Fellow for Diversity and Inclusivity serving within Human Resources (2015-2016)
Workforce training on recruitment
Campus climate and leadership development
New faculty and staff orientation
Affirmative Action Planning and Compliance
Diversity & Inclusivity Committee and Affirmative Action Committee (Faculty Senate)
Expand recruitment avenues by utilizing publications in Twin Cities communities of color
Frequent communication with Multicultural/Disadvantaged (MD) Coordinators in UW System about opportunities
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a referral service for employees who are looking for assistance to address mental health and/or chemical health concerns. Faculty/Staff can talk with a counselor by telephone for a brief referral session to discuss recommendations for resources. Simply call 715-425-3884 to set up a time to speak to a counselor over the phone.
Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
McNair Scholars Program: http://www.uwrf.edu/AcademicSuccess/McNairScholars/Index.cfm
Each year, twelve to fifteen new undergraduate McNair Scholars are selected for two years of intensive mentoring, specialized seminars, collaborative research, and a paid summer research internship, all of which prepare them for graduate school. McNair Scholars include promising students from groups traditionally underrepresented in doctoral programs and are selected through an application and interview process. Faculty referrals are encouraged.
Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students? Starting Fall 2017, UWRF will offer a wing in Johnson Hall for students who wish to live in a gender inclusive/gender neutral community. Students will be able to select the option when they submit a residence hall contract.