|Submission Date||April 23, 2015|
Weber State University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
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:
WSU has a Multicultural Student Center. The Multicultural Student Center is committed to planning, developing and implementing services, programs and interventions that foster the learning and personal development of the various students served. The Multicultural Student Center promotes a strong campus sense of common community and aids students in building essential skills for independent critical thinking and self-determination through in and out of classroom experiences. Furthermore, through collaborative efforts with university and community partners, the Multicultural Student Center provides educational efforts to promote multicultural sensitivity, awareness, competency, and understanding. More information can be found at: http://www.weber.edu/multicultural
WSU also has an International Student Center. The International Student and Scholar Center advises and assists international students with their personal, cultural, and academic adjustment to WSU. An orientation program is provided for all new international students each semester. Advisement is available to assist students concerning immigration related questions and concerns. Information can be found at: http://www.weber.edu/sis/
Our institution is currently working to scale up existing programs and resources through the College Participation and Success Committee which is charged with increasing college participation and retention/graduation for underrepresented students who are low-income, first-generation to attend college, and ethnically-diverse. The objectives that follow from this charge are to (1) Explore effective strategies aimed at increasing the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students; (2) Monitor and assess the effectiveness of outreach and retention efforts using agreed upon data collection and evaluation methods; (3) Continue to refine efforts for better coordination of college access, transition and readiness for underrepresented students. (i.e. College Access and Transition subcommittee) and (4) Facilitate collaboration among entities involved in outreach and retention efforts geared towards underrepresented students.
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:
WSU's institutional response policy is multi-layered and able to respond to and support those who have experience or witnessed a bias incident, act or discrimination or hate crime. A team is brought together through the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity and the Dean of Students to address student related issues. For issues connected to faculty and staff, a team is pulled together through the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity and the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity. Both teams include participation from our Title IX and Cleary Coordinators.
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?:
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