Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.50
Liaison Ken Foster
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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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 and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:
Committee on Inclusion and Excellence isa twenty-two member committee of students, faculty, and administrators, that formulates and proposes recommendations for institutional change with the goal of ensuring that all members of the student body can enjoy the fullest promise of a Vassar education

The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:
Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action offers educational programs designed to ensure a safe environment for all members of the Vassar community. One such program, entitled Creating a Respectful Working and Learning Environment Free from Discrimination and Harassment, constituted a half-day workshop for all Vassar employees. Its purpose was to promote respectful approaches to conflict, develop cultural competence and communication skills and educate employees on the issue of sexual harassment. Held in 2006, the workshop enjoyed participation rates of 98% among administration and staff and 71% among faculty.

Since 2006, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action has focused on providing tailored trainings to particular departments and divisions of the college. The Office also offers an online training session on sexual harassment and continually provides cultural competence trainings to new faculty and language fellows.

Vassar has provided training and programming for the campus community for many years. All College Day each year includes 3 days of workshops on identity, community building activities, and a keynote lecture. In 2014 the theme was (Un)Silencing Voices, featuring a keynote by Janet Mock.

Since 2013, Freshmen Orientation has included an additional session in January called Unpacking Vassar. These 3 days of workshops for new students include sessions on identity, facilitation skills, and personal narratives.
+ Date Revised: Aug. 26, 2015

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:
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