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Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date April 22, 2015
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT CENTER INITIATIVES
The institution provides Multicultural Student Center Initiatives where Academic Network supports students' academic and career endeavors by connecting them to campus resources, educational programs, and community events. They serve as mentors and an outlet for students' academic, personal, and professional development and serve as a liaison between the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Success and other departments on campus.

The Academic Network initiative targets incoming freshmen who have participated in the UW-Whitewater Pre-college Programs and are now attending UW-Whitewater for their undergraduate work. The program helps guide, develop and provide resources for pre-college and college students on academic and social issues to increase their retention and graduation at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The focus is on supporting Pre-College and College students' academic endeavors by connecting them with campus resources, community events, and educational programs.

The African American Network, Southeast Asian Support Services, and Latino Student Programs help guide, develop and provide resources for African American, Southeast Asian, and Latino students on academics and social issues to increase their retention and graduation at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. They focus on supporting students' academic endeavors by connecting them with campus resources, community events, and educational programs. Not only is counseling provided, but creative, innovative, cultural and educational programming, and general assistance in adapting to life at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Native American Support Services (NASS) to provides academic advising and tutoring as well as financial counseling to Native students. NASS works to make sure that Native Students are able to have the best experiences possible at UW-Whitewater. NASS helps to relieve some of the academic and financial stresses of college life while keeping students informed of valuable research and internship opportunities that will benefit each student in their future.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT OFFICE
The Student Involvement Office is available to help students learn about and connect with any aspect of the co-curriculum at UW-Whitewater through programs like student organizations.

IMPACT is a student organization for all students and faculty/staff members of all gender expressions, sexual identities, and romantic identities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. IMPACT will serve as a safe, confidential, and open space for discussion, support, and activism for LGBT*students and their allies, and it will provide education and awareness LGBT* issues for IMPACT members, the UW-Whitewater student body, faculty and staff. IMPACT shall not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual identity, age, class, or ability.

There are Historically Black Greek Chapters available such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. And, there are Latino/Latina Greek Chapters including Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, and Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity, as well.


The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:
Does the institution have a discrimination response policy and/or team (or the equivalent) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:

Any employee or student who has reason to believe that they have been discriminated against in a University education program or activity or in their employment may contact the Equal Opportunity Officer in the Office of Human Resources. Discussion or complaint can be verbal and informal; confidentiality can be preserved unless the complaint becomes written and formal. Informal solutions may be agreed to as an appropriate means to resolving an issue.


The website URL where more information about the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team is available:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

http://www.uww.edu/diversity/policies

http://www.uww.edu/university-committees/administrative-committees/lesbian-gay-bisexual-awareness-

http://www.uww.edu/diversity/inclusive-excellence

The inventory of gender neutral (referred to on our campus as "All Gender") bathrooms has been recently completed and a web link of the document showing the updates will be provided at a later date. It will also be accessible through the UWW Sustainability home page.

Information about the gender neutral housing option in Starin Hall can be found at the following links:
http://blogs.uww.edu/news4u/opinion/gender-neutral-housing/
http://blogs.uww.edu/journalism/2014/04/14/starin-hall-to-introduce-gender-neutral-housing/

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