Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.64
Liaison Casey Meehan
Submission Date Dec. 22, 2020

STARS v2.2

Western Technical College
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Chelsey Sloan
Sustainability Assistant
Sustainability
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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:

From the Nondiscrimination policy under Policies and Procedures
https://www.westerntc.edu/student-rights-concerns-and-disclosures

E0105 Student Nondiscrimination

Western Technical College supports equity in its educational opportunities for students. This concept serves as a guide for the Board and the staff in making decisions relating to programs and courses as well as the selection of educational equipment, materials and services affecting students and College facilities.

Western Technical College is in full compliance with Titles VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the 1976 Vocation Educational Amendments, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Wisconsin Statutes 38.23 and the office of Civil Rights Guidelines for the elimination of discrimination in vocational education. In addition to provisions of these laws and regulations, the College will provide protection from discrimination against students in any service, program or facility of the College with regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability/handicap, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status or parental status.

Furthermore, the College has undertaken an affirmative program of action to expand equality of opportunity. Affirmative Action has, as its overall objective, the achievement of a more balanced representation of various minority groups, females and disabled persons in all of our educational programs and services. Remedies and sanctions are provided in the Student Complaint Procedure to address violations of this policy.


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:

Western Technical College has an online system in place which student may utilize in reporting a discrimination complaint and will keep individuals' identity private. The online reporting tool will also serve as an alternative medium for the individuals who do not want to report an incident in person. Additionally, students can report incidents in person to the Equity, Inclusion and Engagement Office, or the Student Life Office.

When the Western responds to instances of discrimination, hate/bias incidents, harassment, or retaliation, we include restorative justice into our student conduct process. Restorative justice is a process that recognizes when a person causes harm, multiple parties are impacted- including the individual, the people they harm, and the overall community.

Restorative practices implemented at the College in conjunction with the student conduct process, include but are not limited to:
• restorative community conservations
• restorative mediation
• facilitated dialogue between offenders and those they impact


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Western is developing a model for the intentional recruitment of under-served groups, particularly those coming from racially diverse backgrounds. We are building a culturally competent model that meets the needs of our diverse student population and allows them to be successful throughout the enrollment process and during there time at Western. Additionally, Western runs a few programs and events annually to attract students from underrepresented groups to high-paying career opportunities.


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?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Western offers the Multicultural Club which provides peer and social support for our racially diverse students. We also have The Alliance Club which provides peer and social support for our LGBT students. Within the Multicultural Center, a team of employees are available to support students holistically, organize programming, and help students navigate the college. Western offers counseling, college advising, and career and academic support for all of 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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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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?:
No

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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