|Submission Date||March 2, 2018|
Virginia Commonwealth University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
|2.00 / 3.00||
Sustainability Projects and Program Coordinator
Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to providing accessible and equitable living, learning and working environments free from discrimination and harassment [PDF] based on race, color, religion, national origin (including ethnicity), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parenting status, marital status, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information (including family medical history), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. VCU also prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.
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):
Equity and Access Services at VCU accepts complaints of discrimination/harassment on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability and by those who believe that they have been subjected to sexual harassment. VCU uses EthicsPoint to provide an anonymous and confidential method for suggestions, concerns, or reports of potential misconduct to be submitted and processed by the Integrity and Compliance Office.
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:
Teh VCU Office of Equity and Access Services coordinates equal employment opportunity and affirmative action compliance for VCU. They help address employment disparities and create an environment of trust for VCU employees. Their role includes creating an annual affirmative action plan, monitoring VCU’s affirmative action and equal employment opportunity compliance, and training employees about employment equity rights and responsibilities.
Other organizations and programs that address the recruitment of students, staff, and/or faculty from underrepresented groups include...
VCU Black Education Association (BEA) - BEA is a community of scholars at VCU committed to advancing institutional equity and diversity through education, research and administrative efforts. Specifically, the BEA seeks to maximize the scholarly contributions and professional experiences of Black faculty and administrators.
VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity - This division serves as a central resource for the development and implementation of diversity initiatives that support the mission of VCU’s health sciences schools.
Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed) - This institute provides guidance and support to senior administrators, academic deans, department heads, and institute and center directors on the creative integration of multiple communities of knowledge to solve societally relevant challenges.
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:
The VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) sponsors two mentoring programs designed to support the academic, professional and cultural needs of VCU’s freshmen and first year transfer students of color to increase retention and graduation rates. OMSA also offers students who need counseling, career and academic advising, and financial assistance direction to appropriate university services.
The VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence provides resources, training, mentoring, and support for underrepresented groups, https://inclusive.vcu.edu/resources/
University Counseling Services provides support for all staff, faculty, and students.
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:
The Preparing Future Faculty Program at VCU offers a series of short courses and professional development opportunities for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in higher education.
The series is modeled on the national Preparing Future Faculty Program created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. It introduces graduate students to the roles and responsibilities of higher education and addresses teaching and learning issues in the college classroom.
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:
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