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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 Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Wells College
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

The President's Advisory Committe on Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Excellence (PACDIIE) has conducted several outreach and feedback sessions and conducted surveys with constitutencies in the campus community. In April, 2016, PACDIIE cosponsored a Provosts Forum for faculty and administrative staff to solicit responses to survey questions.

PACDIIE surveyed students to solicit responses to questions of diversity and inclusion related to the student experience.


Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of faculty, staff, administrators and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success (e.g. graduation/success and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
Yes

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs and initiatives:

Efforts to promote diversity and multicultural education at Wells are coordinated by faculty, staff and student committees for Inclusion and Intercultural Excellence. Each has its own areas of focus, but collaboration and shared work are guided by frequent communication, joint meetings, and representation in the overarching President's Advisory Committee for Inclusion and Intercultural Excellence (PACDIIE).

In response to campus concerns and institutional goals related to recruitment of more diverse faculty and staff, PACDIIE developed a training program on diversity and inclusion for internal search committees.


Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:
Yes

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

The members of the PACDIIE committee - which is comprised of Diversity and Inclusion subcommittees representing different campus constituencies (faculty, staff, students) - are all aware of the results of the assessment and share those results with their respective groups. Using the assessment results, the director of Diversity and Inclusion works with groups and individuals within the institution to address areas of concern identified in the diversity and inclusion assessment.

Results of the PACDIIE assessment are shared with and discussed among different constituent groups and planning units. Additional diversity and inclusion programming has been developed as a result of some concerns raised.

A number of different campus programs related to diversity and inclusion have been developed and offered in the past year. These include, but are not limited to: the annual Diversity Award ceremony; Shades of Wells student panel; a screening of Beyonce's visual album, Lemonade, followed by a panel discussion titled "The Aesthetics and Style of Race, Gender, and Politics: Beyonce's Lemonade"; A Taste of the Caribbean dinner; Head, Heart and Hands series during Black History Month; Men's Leadership Conference; the Trans Book Buddy Program; Fresh Air Fund participation appeal to faculty and staff; Eyes within Our Streets; Wells College First Annual Great Big Leadership Day; Dialogue about Ithaca College tragedy (killing of a student of color); Cayuga Nation acknowledgment; Umoja & WRC Presents: Body Image Discussion; Bijutten: Art Show;
What does LatinX mean?; Indigenous People Day; 24th Annual Latino Unity Dinner; No Dakota Access Pipeline Rally in Auburn, NY; Admission Fair in Brooklyn, NY & PACE visit;
Bias Training; Presidential Election Reflection; Students with Disabilities Panel Discussion.


Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:
Yes

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary:
The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.