Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.21
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
1.44 / 2.00 Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
Facilities Management/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, 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:

Diversity and Inclusivity Committee (Faculty Senate) goals:
a. To facilitate the advancement of diverse campus populations.
b. To seek ways to encourage faculty and academic staff development focused on diversity issues.
c. To assess reports and information on the campus climate as it relates to diversity issues and make appropriate recommendations for improvement to the Faculty Senate.
d. To establish and maintain communication links between the committee and relevant student organizations as well as the broader community (City of River Falls, School District of River Falls, etc.).
e. To seek ways to encourage infusion of diversity content into the University curriculum and courses.
f. To collaborate with Library Collections regarding the acquisition of materials as they relate to diversity and review the annual state-of-the-library report that is prepared for the Learning Resources Committee.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office:
The Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls thrives to create an inclusive campus community where all people can feel valued, respected and safe. As such, the Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is dedicated to affirming and embracing the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of the campus community. We foster student learning through inclusive and empowering experiences in the areas of identity development, multicultural awareness, leadership workshops, campus outreach, and campus activities.

Additional committees include: Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, Disability Advisory Committee, and the Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention Committee.


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:
Some

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

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

Cultural Competence Trainings are provided for the campus community as part of the coordination of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, the Faculty Senate Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, and the Office of Student Involvement
through campus-wide events and Student Organizations. The 2020-2021 academic year had a theme of "We Are Falcons Values Series: A Series on Race". Some of these trainings have been aligned with new student orientation as well so we see extensive involvement in cultural competency trainings at the beginning of each semester. Additionally, student organization leaders are required to attend cultural competency trainings as directed by Student Involvement.


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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Website for the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office: https://www.uwrf.edu/inclusivity/

Website for the We Are Falcons Program:
https://www.uwrf.edu/StudentInvolvement/we-are-falcons.cfm

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