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Diversity and Affordability

UVM's President Fogel has committed to increasing diversity and affordability on campus.  The university has many programs, multicultural events, and initiatives that encourage diversity on campus.  Those include the Abenaki Outreach Program, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity initiative, the ALANA Student Center, Center for Cultural Pluralism, Diversity & Equity Unit, LGBTQA Center and many more.

Visit the diversity website for more information about these and other programs here.

UVM also has a university wide diversity requirement for all undergraduate students.

 

PAE Credit 6: Diversity and Equity Coordination (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 6 recognizes institutions that have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or coordinator that are tasked by the administration to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity and equity on campus. UVM’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) develops and maintains the University’s Affirmative Action Plan and provides training and guidance on best practices for recruitment, etc. The office has a director, a full time investigator and retention advisory, and one support staff. UVM’s Director of Diversity and Equity Unit coordinates activities of the Chief Diversity Office of the Diversity and Equity Unit, which is responsible for infusing the core values of diversity, multiculturalism and equity into all aspects of teaching, learning, research, and service within UVM. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of a committee, office, and/or coordinator tasked with the goal of promoting diversity and equity on campus, UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Jes Kraus, Director

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity in Diversity and Equity Unit 

 

PAE Credit 7: Measuring Campus Diversity Culture (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 7 recognizes institutions that assess attitudes about diversity and equity on campus and use the results to guide policy, programs, and initiatives. UVM performs a campus climate survey periodically. Last administered in 2011, the purpose of the study is to gather data on the campus community experiences on campus in order to inform UVM’s efforts to create a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive campus community. Research in this area can contribute to the knowledge of discrimination, harassment, bullying, retention, and sexual harassment, among other issues, in order to further develop diversity plans, policies, protocols and curriculum. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of an assessment program to study attitudes of diversity and equity to be used in guiding policy, programs, and initiatives, UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Jes Kraus, Director

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity in Diversity and Equity Unit 

 

PAE Credit 8: Support Programs for Under-Represented Groups (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 8 recognizes institutions that have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus. UVM has several identity centers, including ALANA, Abenaki, LGBTQA Center, and the Women’s Center. All centers run programing and provide mentoring, counseling, and peer support, and are open to all students, employees and faculty. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of groups and/or programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus, UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Jes Kraus, Director

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity in Diversity and Equity Unit 

Supporting Documents:

PAE Credit 9: Support Programs for Future Faculty (4/4)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 9 recognizes institutions that administer and/or participate in a program or programs to help build a diverse faculty throughout higher education. UVM’s ALANA Coalition for faculty and staff of color provides a network for people of color to get support and discuss ALANA-related issues. Furthermore, there is a Henderson Fellowship program, as well as the Center for Cultural Pluralism which provides a variety of professional development opportunities in cultural competency. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of such programs to help build a diverse faculty within the institution, UVM would receive 4 out of 4 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Jes Kraus, Director

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity in Diversity and Equity Unit 

 

PAE Credit 10: Affordability and Access Programs (3/3)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 10 recognizes institutions that have policies and programs in place to make them accessible and affordable to low-income students. UVM has a number of programs and policies in order to assist and support low-income students. The Student Support Services Program serves first-generation college students, students with documented disabilities, and students whose family income falls within U.S. Department of Education guidelines. Tutoring services, Upward Bound and Disability Services are other university programs that prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education. Furthermore, Pell grants, financial aid opportunities and low cost text books reduce the financial barriers of higher education.Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of such programs to make institutions available and affordable to low-income students, UVM would receive a 3 out of 3 for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Barbara Johnson, Associate Vice President

Human Resources

 

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Gender Neutral Housing (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit T2-1 recognizes institutions that offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students. UVM’s Rainbow Cottages and two suites in Living and Learning are designated as housing options for students who are transgender and transitioning. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of such housing accommodations for transgender and transitioning students with corresponding housing needs, UVM would receive 0.25 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Dot Brauer, Director

LGBTQA

Credit 2: Employee Training Opportunities (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit T2-2 recognizes institutions that make cultural competence training and activities available to all employees. UVM’s Center for Cultural Pluralism has educational programs and trainings for students, faculty and staff to attend in order to facilitate cultural competence. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring institutions to make available cultural competence trainings and activities available to employees, UVM would receive 0.25 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Barbara Johnson, Associate Vice President

Human Resources

Supporting Documents:

Credit 3: Student Training Opportunities (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit T2-3 recognizes institutions that make cultural competence training and activities available to all students. UVM’s Center for Cultural Pluralism has educational programs and trainings for students, faculty and staff to attend in order to facilitate cultural competence. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring institutions to make available cultural competence trainings and activities available to students, UVM would receive 0.25 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Barbara Johnson, Associate Vice President

Human Resources

Supporting Documents: