Issues

Education, Training and Prevention

The university will develop an orientation program for all faculty, staff and administrators demonstrating and defining the university's commitment to the elimination of racism, hate crime and racial harassment.
Implementation: Fall of 1998.
Assignment: Human Resources Office, Affirmative Action Office

Actions taken to date: An orientation program will be scheduled and completed by all new staff and faculty within the academic semester in which they begin their employment. Human Resources will develop and coordinate an orientation program for all new staff and faculty hired as of fall 1998 which will include education in reporting and investigative processes as well as prejudice reduction.

The university will develop a specific educational program for staff who are in direct contact with students in addition to the faculty and staff training on racism, hate crime and racial harassment. The primary audiences include University Public Safety, Residential Life, Enrollment Management, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, Dean and Department offices, Recreational Sports, Atwood Center and other Student Life offices. The program will begin in December of 1997 with presentations on reporting procedures and be followed by education developed to meet the desired outcomes listed above. The education will have follow-up and continuity.
Assignment: Human Resources

Actions taken to date: Initial education for the following groups has taken place in November and December: Student Life Directors, Residential Life hall directors, Residential Life resident assistants and night supervisors, Recreational Sports recreational student and sports facilities staffs, and Atwood student employees and full-time professional staff. Upcoming education sessions are planned for Enrollment Management, Administrative Affairs and Public Safety personnel.

This education program, which focused on "Prejudice Reduction," was developed and facilitated by the director of the SCSU American Indian Center.

A training program focused on the campus "Reporting and Investigative Processes" was announced to all staff and faculty and is being delivered through 15 sessions beginning Jan. 28.

Human Resources is planning additional training in "Understanding and Reducing Racial Prejudice through Knowledge, Information and Action," a 1.5 hour audience participation program to be completed with the primary audience before the end of the academic year.

Two types of training have been presented to faculty and staff. More than 500 attended the "Reporting and Investigative Process" training during winter quarter. Another session will be held on April 21. The second type of training, "Understanding and Reducing Racial Prejudice" has been presented to Student Life staff. During spring quarter, this training will be provided to the Administrative and Academic Affairs staff.

The university will revise new student, summer orientation to include a definition of racial diversity, racism, hate crime and racial harassment as well as the university's programs of response when incidents occur.
Assignment: Enrollment Management

Actions taken to date: A committee has been formed and has met. Preliminary recommendations will forwarded for approval and June 1998 implementation.

The Summer Orientation diversity meeting (with Myron Umerski, Chelsee Florence, and Jose Picorelli as the core committee) meeting March 10.

The annual new student orientation has been changed to include a focus on racism, harassment and diversity which will make clear the university's policy of no tolerance.

The university will develop an orientation for students of color including discussion of the university commitment to combating hate crime and harassment, as well as what reporting mechanisms and support structures will be in place.
Implementation: Fall, 1998.
Assignment: Student Life and Development; Minority Student Programs

Actions taken to date: Program modeled after the Advanced Preparation Program currently being planned by Minority Student Programs

The university will develop a required training session on racism, hate crime and racial harassment prevention for every new student which must be taken before registration for the second semester.
Implementation: Fall of 1998
Assignment: Student Life and Development; Minority Student Programs

Actions taken to date: Initial working group comprised of Lee Bird, Shahzad Ahmad, Jane Olsen and Lee LaDue met Dec. 8, 1997 and set ongoing meetings to develop best content and delivery system.

Training session for all students on racism is now required prior to their registering for second semester classes.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Faculty Association endorse inclusion in the curriculum of a requirement for all students in the first year of enrollment and which defines racism and the nature of our society and discusses racial diversity, racism, hate crime and racial harassment. The curriculum revision will be initiated by the faculty through usual curriculum development channels and will be implemented in the fall of 1998. Upon completion of the curricular revision, the General Assessment Coordinator, with the General Education Committee, will undertake an assessment of the goals and effectiveness of the Multicultural, Gender and Minority studies curriculum in addressing racism and recommend revisions as appropriate as well as addressing other forms of discrimination.
Assignment: Academic Affairs; Faculty Association

Actions taken to date: Inclusion in the curriculum of a requirement for all students in the first-year of enrollment is under discussion by the faculty. Any curriculum revision must come through the curriculum process.

The SCSU Faculty Association is formalizing a General Education requirment dealing with Racial Issues.

The university will authorize for spring quarter 1998 additional sections of existing courses which address the nature of race in our society, racial diversity, and/or racism as required to meet student demand.
Assignment: Academic Affairs

Actions taken to date: Three sections of HURL 101 have been authorized. Academic Affairs is open to requests from deans to offer additional sections of courses which address the nature of race in our society, racial diversity, and/or racism.

Additional sections of HURL 101 were authorized for all students interested to enroll in the winter or spring quarter of this academic year.

The university will make more formal and more comprehensive the student/mentor program so that every student of color who desires is assigned a faculty or staff mentor who is trained for appropriate student support.
Assignment: Minority Student Programs

Actions taken to date: Minority Student Programs has implemented students of color/mentorship program, hosting social and educational forums in addition to one-on-one contact with mentors.

The student of color mentor program is being formalized.

The university will add a position to the Counseling Center designed to be occupied by a counselor of color with experience and training in issues related to the collegiate experience.
Assignment: Student Life and Development

Actions taken to date: Job description and criteria for hire submitted Dec. 12, 1997 to Counseling & Student Health Services director. Advertising notices have been prepared and sent to the APA Monitor, ACA Today and The Chronicle of Higher Education. A search is to occur Spring of 1998, with position to begin August of 1998.

The Counseling Center increased the hours of the graduate assistant with experience with issues concerning students of color. A search for a full time, professional counselor with a specialization in this areas has begun.

The university will develop a comprehensive proposal for programming designed to increase awareness, appreciation and pride for cultural diversity.
Implementation: 1998-99 academic year.
Assignment: Minority Student Programs

Actions taken to date: Many programs currently are in place. Minority Student Programs will be working with the University Program Board to develop a cultural planning committee to support and enhance cultural programming efforts on campus. The search for the Minority Student Programs Associate Director to assist with programming will begin winter quarter.

The university will develop training programs on racism, hate crimes and racial harassment for those participating in student government and its various committees.
Assignment: Student Life and Development/Student Government

Actions taken to date: Student Government took part in initial training program Dec. 13 as part of a state-wide MSUSA conference. Student Representative Assembly training is under development, with a tentative date of Feb. 9, 1998 set for implementation.

In addition to earlier education on racism issues for all Student Government participants, training has occurred with the University Program Board staff, student committee coordinators, and student executive board. At the Jan. 10-11 retreat, the "Talking About Race" video and facilitation guide was used with these groups to create discussion, talking about UPB's role and individuals' roles in combatting racism on campus. The group also participated in additional exercises addressing stereotyping and racism.

The university will develop programs to increase opportunities for minority student leadership development programs and university recognition activities.
Assignment: Student Life and Development

Actions taken to date: Minority Student Programs will work with University Organizations to develop more opportunities for leadership development and recognition. Three vehicles already are in place and being used by minority and international students. These include MSP Awards Banquet, Leadership seminars and Excellence in Leadership program. An international leadership seminar will be offered Winter of 1998, focusing on issues of race and culture. The director of University Organizations is working with ISA and AISEC to plan this seminar.

Shahzad Ahmad of Minority Student Programs, Don Day of the American Indian Center and Rhoda Schrader meeting March 17 to discuss leadership development seminars, ongoing leadership development seminars, ongoing leadership development activities and support, and leadership recognition activities.

The first World Class Leaders Workshop - a one-day leadership development program for international students, was held Feb. 7 with 15 participants. A second workshop is being planned for spring quarter. Issues addressed included conflict resolution, dealing with the host culture, networking, ESL and personal development. This was a student-driven project coordinated with University Organizations and the International Student Association (ISA).

The Foundations of Leadership Program continues to offer quarterly leadership development workshops that include diversity components dealing with cultural/ racial diversity and sexual orientation training. The next seminar is April 17 & 18. This program will be offered next year on a semester basis.

The advanced leadership program, Reach For the STARS (Students Transformed by Authenticity, Responsibility and Self-Development), will be held Sunday, April 19 at an off-campus retreat. Student leaders from Student Government, organizations, and "graduates" of the Foundations of Leadership seminar will be included as participants. This program will continue next year on a semester basis.

The Excellence in Leadership program will celebrate a decade of recognizing student leaders at this year's awards banquet April 26, at which 24 current student leaders will be recognized. Approximately 25% of the recipients are students of color and/or international students. The committee charged with reviewing this area will be considering a proposal from University Organizations office and the Excellence in Leadership Committee to consider involving representatives from student organizations in the selection process, which would give all students input into the recognition process.

Student Representative Assembly (SRA) completed a diversity training session for approximately 40 student organization representatives on Feb. 9. This training was conducted by graduate students in the social repsonsibility program, and included racial, cultural, sexual orientation, disability and other diversity areas in an interactive session. Additional diversity training, conducted by a social work student group in conjunction with SRA is planned for spring quarter. SRA is also looking at the possibility of implementing an organizational recognition program that would provide additional recognition opportunities for students, student organizations and student leaders. This program could be implemented beginning in Fall, 1998.

University Organizations has submitted a special request to Student Fee Allocation Committee for funding for development of leadership center programs to include expanding the advanced leadership seminar, expanding Excellence in Leadership, developing a Leadership Resource Center with current materials, and creating additional support resources to enhance leadership development. We are awaiting a response to this request.

The university will develop programs, events, and workshops designed to increase students' cultural awareness as well as overall campus awareness and celebration of diversity through means including programs in ethnic studies.
Assignment: Office of Academic Affairs

Actions taken to date: Academic Affairs co-sponsored, with HURL, speaker James Lowen. We have agreed to support and co-sponsor a program with the History Department to invite a speaker to campus. We have indicated, to the deans, a willingness to consider other programs, events, and workshops.

A regional higher education conference on racism and hate crimes, sponsored by SCSU, SCTC, St. Ben's and St. John's, is scheduled for April 22-23.

Programs of intervention, advocacy and support will be well communicated and well supported so that students, faculty and staff are empowered to report and work against racism, hate crime and racial harassment with knowledge that the university is committed to the issue and that corrective action will occur. Communication mechanisms will include the student handbook, a new Web site, pocket cards indicating how and where reports may be filed and how and from what sources advocacy will be available.
Assignment: University Communications

Actions taken to date: Pocket cards with quick reference names, offices and numbers where students may seek help or advocacy were distributed the week of Jan. 5, 1998. Initial distribution included 3,000 to residential students. Cards also were distributed to offices noted on card, in Atwood as part of Cultural Diversity week activities, and through Student Government. Additional cards will be distributed through the office of the President, Affirmative Action Office, Academic Affairs, Student Life & Development, Administrative Affairs and offices of deans.

The university will review the adequacy of the security program in residence facilities as it relates to racism, hate crimes and racial harassment and make proposals for necessary changes. Implementation: By January, 1998 propose changes to facilities and/or procedures.
Assignment: Residential Life

Actions taken to date: Residential Life and University Public Safety directors met Dec. 8, 1997 with representatives of CAASA student organization to discuss hall security concerns. Residential Life director will hold a student forum to further discuss these issues, with a recommendation to be available in January of 1998. Preliminary recommendations are being reviewed.

The office of Residential Life, working with University Public Safety, has reviewed security procedures, proposed additional security to students and is implementing additional security programs.

The university will review all publications and policies and revise them to reflect the commitment to eliminate racism, hate crimes and racial harassment and programs being implemented for that purpose.
Implementation: By the end of winter quarter 1998.
Assignment: Office of the President

Actions taken to date: Policies and publications have been assembled, and a key word search is underway.

The university will review its current stock of training materials in the area of racism, hate crime and racial harassment and add materials in the Learning Resource Center which will be will publicized and available to all members of the university community.
Implementation: By the end of winter quarter 1998.
Assignment: Learning Resource Center; Minority Studies

Actions taken to date: The Learning Resources Center is in the process of reviewing its print and non-print collections. A bibliography of materials will be available in February, and new items will be considered for purchase. In the meantime, a pamphlet entitled "Locating LR&TS Sources on Diversity Issues" has been produced and distributed.

The Learning Resources Center has completed its review of resource materials. The bibliography has been organized for ready access, and it will be published in a pamphlet and on the web page by mid-April. Recommendations for additional purchases are encouraged and ongoing.


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