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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 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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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:

http://seattlecolleges.edu/HR/about.aspx

The Seattle College District recognizes that everyone must play a role to ensure we create and maintain an environment where students and employees are free of harassment and discrimination.

We all must:
Work together to prevent any occurrence of harassment or discrimination.
End harassment and discrimination if it occurs.
Remedy the effects of discrimination and harassment on the victim and on the community.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

http://seattlecolleges.edu/district/policies/policies.aspx?policyID=pro419

The Seattle College District recognizes its responsibility, described in Policy 419, for investigation, resolution, implementation of corrective measures, and monitoring the educational environment and workplace to stop, remediate, and prevent all manners of discrimination. To this end, the Seattle College District has enacted Policy and Procedure 419, Discrimination and Harassment, prohibiting discrimination against and/or harassment of any employee, student, applicant or visitor, and legally defined members of a protected class. Any individual found to be in violation of Policy 419 will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College or from employment.

Any employee, student, applicant, or visitor who believes that he or she has been the subject of discrimination or harassment should report the incident or incidents to the College’s, or District’s Title IX / EEO Coordinator identified below. All District employees (faculty, staff, student employees and administrators) are designated as “responsible employees” and must report actual or suspected discrimination or harassment immediately, subject to limited exceptions for employees who are statutorily barred from reporting. All details of the reports they receive must be shared promptly. If the complaint is against that Coordinator, the complainant should report the matter to the president’s, or Chancellor’s office for referral to an alternate designee.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

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

POLICY
The Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting faculty, staff and students who reflect the cultural diversity of the Puget Sound Region and who will support its values of teaching, learning, students, diversity, and partnerships. http://seattlecolleges.edu/HR/

FACULTY/STAFF
Seattle Colleges posts all positions to HigherEdJobs, and at the request of the committee, will post to Diversity Jobs, use Search Advocates, other specific sites to help recruit talent we may not find otherwise. Job pools are often recast if a pool is not diverse.

STUDENTS:
13th Year Promise Scholarship increases access to higher education for our community's students, particularly those from underrepresented groups (e.g. students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students). The scholarship is open to all graduates from participating high schools, regardless of GPA, income or other factors. All participating students are guaranteed to have one year of in-state tuition covered through a combination of need-based financial aid and scholarship funds. Once enrolled as full-time students, participants can pursue the program that best fits their interests, including academic transfer degrees to prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university, and professional/technical career training for a fast-track into the workforce.

The primary purpose of the TRiO programs is to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully enter, persist, and complete a post-secondary education. In general, these programs identify low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities and provides them the assistance, support, and encouragement necessary to enter and complete a college education.


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?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

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

STUDENTS
We have a number of clubs/programs on campus that provide support to underrepresented groups within the student body, such as the Black Student Union, Chinese Student Union, Indonesian Student Association of North Seattle, Korean Student Association, Latinos Unidos, LGBTQIA+ Pride Club, NSC Japonophile Association, Re-Made Christian Fellowship, Vietnamese Student Association, and the Native American Student Organization. NSC also has an International Programs office.
https://studentleadership.northseattle.edu/clubs/current-clubs

NSC has a Gender Equity Center on campus, which serves both men and women, students, staff and faculty. Gen Eq staff members provide support, information about a variety of services and resources, and referrals.
https://resources.northseattle.edu/gender-equity-resource-center

NSC holds regular Transfer and Resource Fairs to educate and inform students.
https://resources.northseattle.edu/college-transfer-students/research-colleges-universities

STAFF/FACULTY
In order to increase the leaders on North Seattle College's campus and to create a more inclusive culture here at North Seattle Community College, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Human Resources Office created the North Leadership Development Program. This program aims to increase leaders on campus, provide leadership development and continue to educate administration, faculty and staff.

STAFF/FACULTY/STUDENTS
NSC has a Gender Equity Center on campus, which serves both men and women, students, staff and faculty. Gen Eq staff members provide support, information about a variety of services and resources, and referrals.
https://resources.northseattle.edu/gender-equity-resource-center

North Seattle College takes approximately 30 students to the Students of Color Conference in Yakima, WA yearly. This conference has proven instrumental in helping students develop a sense of identity and become agents of change. Solicitations go out to faculty and staff to chaperone and participate in workshops as well. http://www.mssdc.com/socc.php


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

The Seattle Colleges actively participate in the University of Washington's Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Project. Administrators and faculty from North Seattle College assist with panels and workshops that focus on students from underrepresented groups wanting to learn more about going into a teaching or education administrator role. Specifically, GO-MAP helps NSC create systems to support and prepare future faculty members according to the following 3 areas of focus:
1. Outreach, recruitment, and retention
2. Enhancing scholarship and research
3. Building community, on and off campus

"As a unit of the UW Graduate School, the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is committed to serving the needs of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups, while simultaneously fostering an educational and social environment in which all students can learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program, or GO-MAP, has been an integral part of the University of Washington for over 40 years, taking very seriously our efforts to establish and maintain campus, local, national, and international networks for students in our program. Members of our staff work closely with faculty, staff, and graduate students currently on campus to enhance academic and funding opportunities and to encourage scholarship and research that explores and supports cultural diversity." https://grad.uw.edu/diversity/go-map/


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

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