Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.69
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date April 5, 2023

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Debbie Colucci
Equity Compliance Director & Deputy Title IX Coordinator; Interim Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Equity & Inclusion
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment & Sexual Misconduct: https://www.wesleyan.edu/inclusion/discrimination/policies/prohibit-dhsm.html

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:
Wesleyan does not have an official "bias response team" but has a discrimination response protocol that is coordinated by the Office for Equity & Inclusion. Incidents can also be reported directly to Public Safety, Human Resources, or the Office of Dean of Students.

The online INCIDENT REPORTING FORM is one of several ways for members of the University community to report any type of incident that is concerning, harmful, and/or contrary to the Wesleyan's Community Standards. Each incident reported is investigated and steps taken to eliminate the behavior, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects. Our policies and reporting form are found at https://www.wesleyan.edu/inclusion/discrimination/concern.html.

The Office for Equity & Inclusion / Title IX provides support for students, faculty and staff who experience Discriminatory Harassment, Gender and Identity-based Bias, and/or Sexual Misconduct at Wesleyan. Specifically, the Assistant Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator serves as a point of contact; and is accessible by e-mail, phone, and on-line reporting forms. The AVP meets with individuals to explore courses of action appropriate to each individual and situation. Options for support include; but are not limited to:
o Confidential support: Ombudsperson and EAP contacts for employees, Counseling, Health Services, Religious and Spiritual Life and Ombuds for students, and Community organizations
o Safety planning and no contact
o Informal resolution and mediation
o Formal resolution and investigation
o Law enforcement including campus and community
o Remedies specific to Title IX

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:
The Office for Equity and Inclusion coordinates five Wesleyan cohort programs: the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, the Wesleyan Math and Science Scholars Program (WesMaSS), the Upward Bound Math-Science Program, and the Posse Veteran Scholars Program (ending in 2022-23, replaced by Service 2 School). Together, these five communities make up the Pathways to Inclusive Education (PIE): https://www.wesleyan.edu/inclusion/pie.html.

The purpose of PIE is to increase a sense of community amongst students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to remove obstacles along the pathways to secondary and post-secondary education for students in grades 9 through 16, who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds and to provide opportunities and access to programs that require complex thinking and a complex interdisciplinary understanding of belonging in the pursuit of excellence.

Wesleyan University's affirmative action program is designed to achieve diversity among faculty, administrators and staff; to treat all appointments and promotions in a manner free from discrimination; and to correct any under-utilization of women and minorities in employment positions. Wesleyan, as an institution is dedicated to excellence in liberal studies, has a responsibility to itself to seek out the most talented people and a responsibility to society to further the goal of achieving equality of opportunity.

For that reason, along with the principle of nondiscrimination, the University is committed to a program of affirmative action with regard to members of certain groups as specified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Wesleyan, therefore, makes concerted efforts to recruit, employ, and promote qualified members of minority groups, women, handicapped individuals who are otherwise qualified, special disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era.

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:
The Connections program connects students (open to all students, but targeted at students from underrepresented groups) with faculty and staff mentors. The First Things First/FGLI and Questbridge programs offer ongoing mentoring support for first generation and low-income students, respectively. More information:
- FGLI supports/First Things First: https://www.wesleyan.edu/fgli/index.html
- Questbridge: https://www.questbridge.org/college-partners/wesleyan-university

Several additional cohort programs such as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and WesMaSS are in place to support students thrive at Wesleyan.

All faculty and staff of color have the opportunity to join AFCA (Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance). AFCA’s mission is to create a supportive environment for promoting personal and professional growth through experiences, events, and resources for administrators, faculty, and staff of color. AFCA is a community building organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between its members, allies and other members of the Wesleyan community. While AFCA maintains a particular focus on the needs of administrators, faculty, and staff of color, all those who share in its mission and values are welcome to be part of AFCA and help uphold its mission. For more information, visit https://www.wesleyan.edu/groups/afca/index.html.

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
Wesleyan's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepare and encourage undergraduate or other non-terminal degree students to pursue further education and careers as faculty members. Wesleyan does not have programs for Master's degree students, but all PhD students spend 1-2 years as teaching assistants in undergraduate courses.

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

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Other links
Upward Bound Math-Science: https://www.wesleyan.edu/ubms/
Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program: https://www.wesleyan.edu/mcnair/
Queer/Trans resources: https://www.wesleyan.edu/queer/queer_resources.html

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