Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.83
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Jan. 9, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Western Kentucky University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Richard Miller
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer
Provost's Office & Academic Affairs
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

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

Diversity and inclusion is a shared responsibility of every member of the Western Kentucky University (WKU) campus community. The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) is to provide resources to the campus community and the external community that promote inclusive excellence, access and social justice for all. OIDI achieves this goal with the use of an Inclusive Excellence theoretical framework (Williams, D., Berger, J., & McClendon, S., 2005). OIDI collaborates with diverse university constituents and external constituents to increase the degree completion rate of under-represented students attending WKU.

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion affirms that being a member of an of an under-represented group may be achieved by membership in one or more of the following social identities: Asian American, Asian Pacific American, Black, GLBTA, Gender, Latino/a, Mental / Physical ability, Mexican American, Native American, Primary language spoken, Religious belief and Socioeconomic status.

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion leverages inclusive excellence, access and social justice through the implementation of our Signature Programs.


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?:
Yes

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

The mission of the Western Kentucky University Office of Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action / University ADA Services (EEO) is to promote, sustain, and advance an environment that supports principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community. Diversity, equity, accessibility, and tolerance encompass the core values of the EEO. We incorporate these values through a proactive stance in assisting the University with the interpretation, understanding, and application of federal and state laws and regulations that impose special obligations in the areas of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Our mission is supported by our commitment to continuously develop, implement, evaluate, and revise (as necessary) action-oriented programs aimed at promoting and valuing diversity in the University's faculty, staff, and student body.

The purpose of this policy is to establish a procedure for investigating and responding to
reports / complaints of discrimination involving students, employees and/or third parties
in a prompt and equitable manner without placing an unreasonable burden on the
complainant or University


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?:
No

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

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