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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.

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Liaison Aine Keogh
Submission Date June 28, 2013
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University of Calgary
PAE-8: Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Justin Brown
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the student body:

• March 21/Stop Racism Committee: The March 21/Stop Racism Committee is an ad hoc group of University of Calgary Volunteers composed of students, staff and faculty with a common interest in actively addressing racism and discrimination in society.
•        The Women's Resource Centre is a safe and supportive place to advance women's equality and build community through sharing, learning and teaching where all experiences are valued, and everyone is offered the resources necessary to make informed choices. Our vision is to achieve equality at the University of Calgary and to create a more inclusive campus environment where each individual's agency and voice are nurtured to contribute to the collective spirit of a community where citizenship and leadership is made possible for all, regardless of gender.
•        The Native Centre: The University of Calgary has a vibrant community of more than 400 self-identified Aboriginal students. The Native Centre is a culturally appropriate, welcoming and supportive learning environment for the University of Calgary's Aboriginal students, and also provides important opportunities for cross-cultural learning for all members of the University of Calgary community. We offer services and programs that encourage and support the participation and success of Aboriginal students in their pursuit of knowledge and higher education
• The Disability Resource Centre: The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) works to create an accessible learning environment for students with permanent and temporary disabilities and impairments. The Services of the DRC are available to prospective, undergraduate, and graduate students. During the 2011 – 12 academic year, the DRC:
1. Worked with 1166 students with disabilities
2. Arranged for 7369 accommodated exams 
3. Provided individual advising support to 423 newly registered students (new to the DRC, not necessarily the University)
4. Assisted 240 students with note-taking services / supports
5. Arranged for 149 students with print disabilities to receive textbooks/reading materials     in alternate formats
6. Provided academic strategy support to 97 students to assist in the development of  effective study strategies
• Mature & Transfer Student Orientation: Each Fall, Leadership and Student Engagement, with the support of other campus partners, offers an Orientation program and welcome tailored for Mature and Transfer students, recognizing their unique needs. In addition to these sessions, Mature and Transfer students are encouraged to participate in overall orientation programs.
• Q-Centre : Resource centre for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer (GLBTQA) communities here on campus. The centre provides a safe space for those who need it while also offering resources and volunteer opportunities.    
• Centre for International Students and Study Abroad: Provide support and programming for international students 
•        Multi-Faith Chaplains’ Centre : The Faith and Spirituality Centre consists of several Chaplains from various faith/religious traditions. They offer spiritual and faith based programs, events and support to students, staff and faculty on campus. The Centre operates under four guiding principles: connecting, learning, serving and practicing.


A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the faculty:

• The Advisor to the President on Women’s Issues advises the President on policy relating to the status of women at the University of Calgary, is Chair the President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, participate in the development of employment equity policies and procedures, facilitates communication among university groups concerned with women's issues, take steps to encourage research that bears on the status of women at the university, organize special events related to the status of women at the university, acts as liaison with officers concerned with women's issues in other universities and organizations concerned with universities to monitor pertinent developments outside the University of Calgary, represents the President as requested in activities within and outside the university related to women's issues.


A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the staff:

• The Advisor to the President on Women’s Issues advises the President on policy relating to the status of women at the University of Calgary, is Chair the President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, participate in the development of employment equity policies and procedures, facilitates communication among university groups concerned with women's issues, take steps to encourage research that bears on the status of women at the university, organize special events related to the status of women at the university, acts as liaison with officers concerned with women's issues in other universities and organizations concerned with universities to monitor pertinent developments outside the University of Calgary, represents the President as requested in activities within and outside the university related to women's issues.
• March 21/Stop Racism Committee


The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :

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