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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Mennonite University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00 Jim Smucker
VP Enrollment & VP Student Life
Enrollment & Student Life
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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:

On July 16, 2015, Eastern Mennonite University Board of Trustees met to review the non-discrimination statement that has been under review. The trustees passed by majority vote an update to EMU’s non-discrimination statement as follows:

Eastern Mennonite University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. As a religious institution, EMU expressly reserves its rights, its understandings of, and its commitments to the historic Anabaptist identity and the teachings of Mennonite Church USA, and reserves the legal right to hire and employ individuals who support the values of the university.

https://emu.edu/president/policy/


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):
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Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
No

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

To promote equality at Eastern Mennonite University, there are a variety of campus wide efforts to support underrepresented groups. support programs are broken into a variety of categories to target specific groups of individuals with the hopes of encompassing all of the underrepresented groups within the university student and staff body. Academically, the Academic Support Center houses the COACHLINK program that is aimed at giving support to first generation college students. This program is also directed at students that speak english as a second or third language as a way to make their transition to the university easier. As a form of academic tutoring, The athletic department offers academic mentoring to all of its athletes.
Various student organized groups have been established as places where students can give each other support. Examples of these groups include the Black Student Union, Latino Student Alliance, and Safe Space (support for members of the LGBTQ community).
EMU also has an international and multicultural student service office to support the international student group that is represented on campus. This office hosts various multicultural activities throughout the school year that include International student week, latino heritage month, black history month, and women's history month.


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?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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