Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.29
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Aug. 18, 2011
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Wellesley College
PAE-8: Support Programs for Under-Represented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Patrick Willoughby
Sustainability Director
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support under-represented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the student body:

Affinity Groups:
Wellesley College sponsors 10 different student organizations that represent students from different cultural backgrounds. These groups share their culture with the rest of the college community though annual performances, holiday festivals and public lectures.

Campus Wide Diversity Initiative:
Wellesley's Campus Wide Diversity Initiative (CWDI) was developed to address and challenge stereotypes and cultural misconceptions on campus. CWDI helps address student diversity issues and promote constructive dialogue. In addition, Wellesley's college government elects a Multicultural Advocacy Coordinator each year who works with both the college government and CWDI to make diversity a priority on campus. Each year, CWDI runs educational programs and campaigns to educate Wellesley students on diversity issues, and serves as advocates for diversity groups on campus.

Counseling & Academic Support:
Throughout the year, the Stone center conducts discussion groups to manage student questions and concerns

Cultural Advising Network:
This program strives to address the needs and interests of a diverse campus.

Mentoring & Peer Support:
Throughout the Campus, Wellesley College has reserved specific buildings as a gathering place for various ethnic and religious groups. Such buildings include:
Harambee House
Hillel Foundation
Slater International Center
Multifaith Center

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the faculty:

The Committee on Minority Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
Members of this committee include tenured and non-tenured faculty and administrative staff. The goal of this committee is to review recruitment procedures and hiring processes and to evaluate faculty experiences through surveys and focus groups. Recently, the committee has emphasized faculty retention as one of its primary goals.

In addition, this committee organizes networking events throughout the year to bring together newly hired minority faculty with tenured faculty and newly hired faculty from surrounding institutions to enrich the community.

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the staff:

Valuing Work @ Wellesley: Core Competencies

Valuing Work, an integrated development and support program, identifies nine factors that are important to successful performance at Wellesley. These are the behaviors, characteristics and performance expectations valued at Wellesley and a prerequisite for effective performance in all of the administrative staff positions. One of these factors is "Affirming and Enabling Diversity". This factor focuses on understanding Wellesley's commitment to diversity and engaging in respectful interaction with all members of the community and its constituents; actively supporting diversity initiatives and awareness; holding other accountable for creating and promoting a diverse work environment; promoting a diverse work environment through education, training and professional development opportunities and actively seeking ways to recruit, hire, retain, and manage a diverse workforce.

The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :

Wellesley College plans to participate in a pilot networking event through the National Higher Education Recruitment Consortium and the National Urban League which will bring minority candidates in connection with institutions of higher education to foster interest in careers in higher education.

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