Equity Strategic Plan for 2018-19
Facilitate campus practices that support Seminole State College’s strategic goals by cultivating student success, advancing employee engagement, fostering supportive partnerships, and exhibiting national leadership through successful College achievement of federal and state equity mandates.
- Offer varied, topical presentations representing Seminole State’s commitment to providing equal access and equal opportunity in all programs and services.
- Educate College employees and students about unlawful discrimination on each prohibited basis. Include harassment and retaliation in each description as types of unlawful discrimination. Protected classes observed by College, July 2018:
Age Genetic Information Race/Ethnicity Color Marital Status Religion Disability National Origin Sex Gender Pregnancy Sexual Orientation Veterans' or Military Status
- Initiate or participate effectively in College policy and procedure reviews to ensure compliance with all relevant governance.
- Interact with Human Resources and Disability Support Services to ensure compliance with national best practices in providing reasonable accommodations (employment) and academic adjustments (students) to individuals with disabilities.
- Maintain a record of prompt and effective resolution to discrimination concerns at the lowest appropriate level.
- Report progress on strategic plan at periodic meetings of Executive Team.
- Supplement existing training programs with independent or partnered presentations to classes, faculty or staff meetings, and College events.
- Use social media and office web page to communicate College commitment and programs.
Relating to students:
- Review policies, procedures, and practices with Student Affairs.
- Maintain partnerships with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Disability Support Services, eLearning, campus deans, campus conduct officers, and others to promote exchanges of information and effective services.
- Publish online resources for 24/7 reference such as links for physical safety, support for emotional concerns, and assistance with an immediate problem as well as a link for the procedure to resolve discrimination concerns.
Relating to employees:
- Review policies, procedures, and practices with stakeholders and initiating departments.
- Foster partnerships with Academic Affairs, Administrative Services, Legal Affairs, Marketing and Strategic Communication, Resource and Economic Development, Student Affairs, and their key units to promote exchanges of information and effective services.
- Publish online resources for 24/7 reference such as links for requesting accommodation to a disability, descriptions of unlawful discrimination, and assistance with an immediate problem as well as a link for the procedure to resolve discrimination concerns.
- Encourage train-the-trainer activities and online training modules that document compliance with requirements for periodic education of College representatives. Programs may include prevention of discrimination (including harassment and retaliation), Title IX topics (such as sex discrimination, sexual harassment, College responses to sexual assault of students), and reasonable accommodation of disabilities. Reach new employees including adjuncts and other part-time staff members; provide updated training for employees.
Measures of effectiveness, to be developed in Strategic Planning On Line system (“SPOL”) entries:
- Standardized survey instruments documenting increased representation for men and women as well as racial/ethnic minorities at various levels.
- Office records reflecting depth of programming relating to various target populations.
- Positive feedback from Florida College System review, Annual Equity Report.
- Successful competition for awards in this field.
Equity and Diversity/Title IX, July 18, 2018