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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 50.89
Liaison Nicholas Kordesch
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2017
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San Francisco State University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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Complete 2.83 / 3.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Sex: The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities it conducts. The California State University is committed to providing equal opportunities to men and women CSU students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and the administrative regulations adopted thereunder prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by San Francisco State University. Such programs and activities include admission of students and employment. The California State University is committed to providing equal opportunities to men and women CSU students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX to programs and activities of San Francisco State University may be referred to the Affirmative Action Office, the campus office assigned the administrative responsibility of reviewing such matters, or to the regional director of the Office of Civil Rights, Region 9, 50 UN Plaza, Room 239, San Francisco, California 94102.

Disability: The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the regulations adopted thereunder and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit such discrimination. The physical and environmental disability coordinator has been designated to coordinate the efforts of San Francisco State University to comply with these Acts in its implementing regulations. Inquiries concerning compliance may be addressed to the coordinator at San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 471B, ext. 7170.

Race, Color, National Origin, Sexual Orientation, or Disability: The California State University complies with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the regulations adopted thereunder. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program of The California State University.

http://www.sfsu.edu/~bulletin/previous_bulletins/9496/appendix/nondiscr.htm

TITLE IX NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
San Francisco State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, which includes sex and gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in employment, as well as in all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus). The protection against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender based dating and domestic violence and stalking.
http://titleix.sfsu.edu/


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):

Inquiries and complaints of discrimination in employment, programs, services and academic matters based on sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability can be addressed by the Title IX Coordinator/Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator. Complaints can include sexual or racial harassment or harassment on any prohibited basis (i.e. disability). Employees or students can contact the Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator:

Services include confidential consultation, information about options, complaint forms and complaint investigation.

Complaint investigations are subject to specific timeframes and include written notification to the complainant and the accused of investigative findings and appeal rights.

Students can also have sexual harassment complaints filed with and investigated by the Title IX Coordinator.

Supporting information:
http://policiesandpracticedirectives.sfsu.edu/content/complaints-discrimination
http://www.sfsu.edu/~vpsa/complaints/
http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1098-rev-6-23-15.html


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?:
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:

California State University's systemwide program, Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program aims to increase the number of promising doctoral students applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions by offering financial assistance in the form of a loan and mentorship by CSU faculty. http://www.calstate.edu/hr/cdip/

ASI's Project Connect exists to empower and involve the student body to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low income and historically underrepresented communities. The Project Connect Outreach Department exists to empower the student body in promoting access to and awareness of higher education to low-income and underrepresented elementary through community college students. The Early College Outreach Program exists to begin early awareness of higher education for students in historically underrepresented communities in San Francisco. The program targets youth at an early stage in their academic career and is essential for educational development. The workshops for elementary students have a focus on self exploration and expression through arts and crafts and for middle school students an academic focus. http://asi.sfsu.edu/programs/project-connect
Recruiting programs aimed at students of color have helped to make the student body more diverse. Among the most notable programs is the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism, which provides high school students of color with a two-week summer course to introduce them to college life. Other features of this program, including outreach to community college students and an open house on campus each fall, have brought in numbers of minority students to the Department of Journalism.

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has been involved in recruiting efforts for many years. Targeting economically and educationally disadvantaged students, many of whom are individuals of color, EOP offers a variety of activities that helps to ensure a smooth transition to college. Among these activities is the Summer Bridge Program, an on-campus summer residential program that comprises an intensive calendar of study and success skills development, English and math competency-building, and academic advising. One-to-one interaction, designed to ensure the successful transition from application to SFSU enrollment, is one of the hallmarks of this program.

African American Heritage Day is another activity designed to recruit minority students of color. Sponsored by the College of Ethnic Studies, this event brings underrepresented students to campus for admission application workshops.

A number of other programs are in place to recruit students from diverse backgrounds. Among these are the Rebound Program, which recruits ex-offenders, and the Athletics Program, which assists new and transferring student athletes to transition to college. In addition, the Presidential Scholars Program recruits top high school students and provides them with academic merit awards, financial assistance, and a mentoring community structure with seminars, classes, events, and growth opportunities.

The majority of general recruitment activities for undergraduate students are conducted or coordinated by Student Outreach Services (SOS), a unit of Enrollment Planning and Management. SOS staff conduct and attend college nights, transfer days, and other activities at middle schools, high schools, and community colleges in Northern and Southern California. A major event is a joint San Francisco area college fair with the San Francisco Unified School District. This event draws students from local San Francisco high schools and students throughout the immediate Bay Area to visit with representatives from over 75 colleges throughout the United States. SOS also conducts special on-site admissions events including "Super" weekdays (e.g.,Super Thursday)—daylong events during which high school seniors can apply for admission to SFSU and receive a response within a few hours. Super Saturday, a similar activity, is offered for college transfer applicants. Similar events are also conducted at local high schools and community colleges during the fall application process. [Please see www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/.]

One of SOS's biggest and most innovative events is Sneak Preview Day. Usually conducted on a Saturday in early spring, Sneak Preview offers applicants and their families a chance to get better acquainted with the campus community. Tours, informational tables, and meetings with advisors are provided in this one-day program that typically attracts several thousand visitors each year.

Cross training and collaboration are the strategies that have been successfully employed by the university’s support services units. These approaches not only improve the level of effectiveness but also provide a good working base from which to develop flexible planning efforts in cooperation with the university’s academic programs, as well as with K-12 schools and community colleges. Some examples of these endeavors include the well-regarded Step to College Program [www.sfsu.edu/~urbins/projects/sc/sc.html] that provides high school seniors with the opportunity to enroll in baccalaureate-credit college courses taught by SFSU instructors and offered at their high school sites at the end of their normal school day. This represents a very effective collaboration between SFSU’s Colleges of Education and Ethnic Studies and Northern California high schools, with the committed support of the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Another joint effort addresses the link between the California Community Colleges Educational Opportunity Program (EOPS) and the CSU, with two-day events at City College of San Francisco. EOPS-enrolled students are provided with two days of academic eligibility advising, procedural support, and instant admissions by SFSU offices. The university’s outreach to international students who are currently enrolled in community colleges is another target population, which is addressed by joint efforts mounted by the academic and student services areas of campus.

High School And Community College Recruitment
Realizing the importance of academic preparation for college, we have developed a variety of programs aimed at providing high school and community college students with the knowledge and skills they need to be admitted to SFSU. One of the most ambitious of these efforts is the Pre-collegiate Academic Development Program (PAD). With coordination through Academic Affairs, PAD works to develop English and math competency skills among students at eight Bay Area high schools and fosters relationships among SFSU and high school faculty, administrators, counselors, and students. [Please see www.sfsu.edu/~ advising/pad.htm].

The SFSU Educational Opportunity Program’s University and College Attendance Network (UCAN) is another effort aimed at improving the academic skills of high school students. Besides study skills training, UCAN [userwww.sfsu.edu/~ucan/] also provides students with assistance in developing math and English competencies and in exploring career options. UCAN gives extensive tutoring in preparation for the ELM and EPT placement tests. UCAN students had a 58% improvement in math and a 42% improvement in English in 1999-2000 pre- and post-assessment.

High school and community college students have also been targeted for recruitment by SFSU's College of Science and Engineering. The college's Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), for example, is a federally funded program that collaborates with City College of San Francisco to recruit minority students into a summer program that prepares them for college work, particularly in the sciences. AMP also provides academic year workshops covering math, science, and engineering to new and continuing students. [Please see http://math.sfsu.edu/amp/].

Another program that gives minority students access to the sciences is the Mission Science Project. The program is funded through the SFSU Marian Wright Edelman Institute [http://bss.sfsu.edu/edelman/]. The institute began its service activities at SFSU during the Fall 1999 semester. It is intended to serve as a powerful tool of outreach, advocacy, and research, as well as housing an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program in child and adolescent development. The Student Outreach Services unit works with the institute to target students for a range of recruitment and tutoring assistance.


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:

Associated Students' Project Connect exists to empower and involve the student body to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low income and historically underrepresented communities. The program includes a Recruitment and Retention Resource Center Internship program designed to empower San Francisco State University students by developing professional and leadership growth through their student involvement. Interns in the Retention department will become familiar with retention services and resources available on campus such us financial aid, advising and tutoring services, university graduation requirements and general information about SFSU. Interns in this department will help with the following events and programs: Information Fair/Festival, Mixers, Peer Mentorship Program, Resource Center, Book Loan Program, Referral Program, and AS Scholarships & Awards Ceremony.Interns in the recruitment department will learn outreach skills and how to navigate the bureaucracy within the public school system. Interns will serve as mentors, role models and tour guides to students visiting our campus. http://asi.sfsu.edu/programs/project-connect

The Metro College Success Program is a Partnership between San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco that increases college completion among low-income, under-represented, and first-generation students. http://metrocollegesuccess.org/

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SF State University has improved access and retention of historically underserved (low income, first generation college) students by facilitating their matriculation into SF State and by providing a support system for their success. EOP is a comprehensive program designed to provide students with outreach, admissions, academic, and financial support. Students receive on-going advising, tutoring, and workshops designed to increase retention and graduation rates. Eligible EOP students are encouraged to apply to additional EOP programs such as Summer Bridge - an eight-week intensive academic early start summer program, Guardian Scholars Program - a comprehensive program that serves former foster care youth, and Student Support Services - a federally funded TRiO program that provides intensive academic support for students in their first two years of college.

Disability Programs and Resource Center
The DPRC collaborates with SF State's diverse community to ensure that all aspects of campus life - learning, working and living - are universally accessible. The DPRC provides the University with resources, education and direct services in order that people with disabilities may have a greater opportunity to achieve social justice and equity.

Staff and Faculty:
SF State's Affirmative Action Committee promoted hiring of underrepresented groups for a number of years before it was incorporated into regular Human Resources practices.
SF State has had numerous staff and faculty groups that support underrepresented groups: Black Faculty and Staff Association, Chinese American Faculty Association, La Raza Faculty and Staff, Multicultural Task Force (Academic), University Women's Association.

SFSU's Advancement Office specifically recruits donors to support scholarships for students from underrepresented groups: https://cob.sfsu.edu/scholarships

SF State has numerous officially recognized student organizations that provide support to underrepresented groups:
Queer Alliance: qasfsu@gmail.com
Chabad Student Center: www.sfsjew.org
Asians and Queers United for Awareness: aquasfsu@sfsu.edu
Asian Student Union: asu@sfsu.edu
Black Student Union: (415) 338-1933
Feminism in Action: equality@sfsu.edu
First Nation Hawks: (415) 338-1929
General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS): www.sfsu.edu/~gups/index.html
Indian Student Association: isadesi@sfsu.edu; info@sfsuisa.com
Japanese Student Association: jsa@sfsu.edu
Japanese Student Association: userwww.sfsu.edu/~jsa; jsa@sfsu.edu
Korean Student Association (415) 338-2413; sfsu_ksa@yahoo.com
La Raza Student Organization; larazasf@sfsu.edu
League of Filipino Students: LFS@bayanusa.org
Manalo Movement: (415) 260-9804; manalo@sfsu.edu
National Society of Black Engineers: nsbe@ssu.edu
National Society of Minorities in Hospitality: nsmh@sfsu.edu
Pacific Islander's Club: pitaskforce@yahoo.com
Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor: pacecore@sfsu.edu
Student Kounsel of Intertribal Nations: skins@sfsu.edu
Taiwanese Student Association: huavince@hotmail.com www.sfsu.edu/~tsa


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:

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program: This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Through the "Bridges to the Baccalaureate" program, the NIH supports partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions, with the aim of encouraging students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to earn their Ph.D. degree and become biomedical scientists. http://biology.sfsu.edu/faculty-pages/bridges_main

The California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) aims to increase the number of promising doctoral students applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions by offering financial assistance in the form of a loan and mentorship by CSU faculty. http://www.calstate.edu/hr/cdip/

SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is a project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded Workforce. SF BUILD is led by San Francisco State University in partnership with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).Its mission is to enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce by transforming the teaching and research environments at SF State. The program creates engaging and supportive spaces where students and faculty can safely represent different backgrounds and perspectives. Additionally, in partnership with UCSF, students and faculty receive training and mentoring to make significant contributions to biomedical research by asking innovative questions that are relevant to local communities. http://sfbuild.sfsu.edu/


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?:
Yes

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