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Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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Columbia University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Melissa Rooker
Associate Provost
Office of Equal Opp/Affirm Action
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) has overall responsibility for the management of the University’s Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and the Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment.

EOAA coordinates compliance activities under these policies and the applicable federal, state and local laws and has been designated as the University’s Compliance Office for Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws. http://eoaa.columbia.edu/. Students, faculty and staff may contact the EOAA to inquire about their rights under University policies, request assistance, seek information about filing a complaint, or report conduct or behavior that may violate these policies.

The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:
Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

Professional development and training are integral to successful implementation of the University's Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment.
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action provides training programs to educate faculty, staff and students about conduct that may constitute a violation of University policy, and to inform them of the procedures that are available to manage alleged violations. While any member of the University community may attend, management and supervisory personnel are especially encouraged to participate in these programs, and are expected to be knowledgeable about the University’s policies and procedures. The programs are available to all University departments, and the sessions may be designed to tailor and meet the needs of specific participants.
The Learning and Development Office under the Vice President for Human Resources, provides professional development for faculty and staff. Do the Right Thing is an online training platform that educates faculty and staff regarding behavior and interactions within a diverse work force. Each new staff orientation provides a Statement on the Administrative Code of Conduct and a Statement of Ethical Conduct.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) (Columbia College/Columbia Engineering) promotes an inclusive university climate by acting as an educational resource for undergraduate students. OMA offers diversity education and training programs that are designed to encourage dialogue and interaction among students about issues related to diversity.

Additionally, Columbia hosts a plethora of cultural competency events, presentations, and activities on campus that are open to students, staff and faculty.

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:

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