Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Albert Motel
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Villanova University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:

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

The Center for Multicultural Affairs offers a number of programs to help all students receive an inclusive educational experience founded on Augustinian Principles. Programs the Center offers includes:

A.C.T.I.V.E. stands for Advising, Counseling, Tutoring, Information to enhance the Villanova Experience. Targeting students with a “cultural” population or NOS (Not otherwise stated), but any Villanova student is welcome to join. This program provides academic tutoring, counseling and course advising for students who are overwhelmed by all the college offers. ACTIVE is for the first two years of a students college career.

For third and fourth year students, ENACT helps them prepare for graduation and life after college. ENACT assists students with Internships, research assistantship, personal and professional development.

Project Red provides Freshman who request it, a upper class student mentor who have excelled academically and socially. This program helps first-year students adjust academically and socially, as well as help them develop leadership and accountability skills.

WISE Male Mentoring, or Working to be Informed, Studious and Engaged exists to provide resources, empowerment, and social skill development for Villanova males students. Through mentorship, workshops and other programs/events WISE hopes to help male students achieve academic success and become continual learners and professionals after graduating from Villanova.

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?:

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

Human Resources has a policy for campus community members who have discrimination concerns. All allegations of discrimination or harassment are submitted confidentially to the Complaint Officer (Associate Vice President of HR). In some instances a Review Board may be established to review any appeals of the decision made by the complaint officer. Depending on the severity of the discrimination, an informal resolution may be used to resolve the complaint. This includes counseling, support and advice for the victim.
Reports are filed through this site: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/diversity/report_bias.html

In the 2014-2015 Student Handbook, under the section Community Policies on page 55, the same Villanova Non-Discrimination Policy is covered as well as the University's Non-Harassment Policy.

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?:

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

The University has not been faced with the need to provide special accommodations for transgender or transiting students. We do provide excellent accommodating for students who present with physical limitations and would be willing to do the same for students with other requirements.

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