A Common Framework for Inclusion
Online Sexual Harassment Training
In 2011, the Saint Mary’s launched online Sexual Harassment Training. Prior to 2011, the course was given in-person and the information necessary for employee compliance was often peppered with training for cultural competency. The switch to online training allowed an important separation to occur between these two different types of training, with fuller development of each while satisfying the College’s legal requirements.
A Campus of Difference Training
In summer 2009, a team from Saint Mary’s was trained to facilitate the Anti-Defamation League’s “A Campus of Difference” diversity workshops on an on-going basis for all faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s. These workshops for the community began in fall of 2009 and now are mandatory every three years for all faculty and staff.
A substantive activity of the CCIE has been the immersion of committee members in workshops to understand the College’s current stage of organizational development and use the ODMI across campus to develop a common language and framework regarding inclusion. After initial training in the ODMI, the CCIE provided campus-wide training and updates on the model’s implementation. The ODMI has been presented numerous times, including at the annual staff day, the annual faculty day, each year at new faculty orientation and to individual staff groups, such as Academic Advising, in the 2012 academic year.
Bias Incident Response Protocols
The College’s commitment to create an environment in which civility and mutual respect are paramount begin with the Acts of Intolerance Protocols, which were adopted by the CCIE for students in 2008.The protocols define acts of intolerance and provide a clear course of action for students to report them, whether they are a subject of or a witness to the offending act.
Safe Zone Training
The Intercultural Center has been offering Safe zone Workshops since fall of 2008 to educate the Saint Mary’s community on the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and ally (LGBTQIA) students and different ways to be an ally. Safe zone placards are given to anyone who identifies as an ally, and these placards are seen around campus in offices and residence halls. By request, customized Safe zone Workshops are now offered to meet the specific needs of certain groups. These groups have included Public Safety officers, librarians, nursing students, future K-12 teachers, High Potential students and officers of student organizations.
When an organization is moving toward inclusion, issues of power, culture and the need for change are discussed, and previously excluded populations develop their own networks and support. Leadership communications from both the president and the provost provide examples of this shift at Saint Mary’s. From the provost’s 2010 response to the Our Struggle Is Tied With yours student movement to the president’s response to the 2011 alleged sexual assaults, communication from the top levels of campus leadership make it clear the College has moved from an institution of compliance and reaction to one that employs a proactive approach to communication and action. These communications can be reached through the “About” section on stmarys-ca.edu.
Bias Incident Response Team
The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) was established to support and assist with a campus response to bias incidents or hate crimes. In addition, BIRT provides educational opportunities to the campus community regarding the negative impact of bias incidents with the ultimate intention of fostering a more diverse and inclusive climate.
Alignment With Mission
The mission of Saint Mary’s calls on us to welcome and support people of different backgrounds. It is affirmed by the General Council of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, who writes: “The anthropological view of human nature that motivates Lasallians recognizes and dignifies every human being as being unique, unrepeatable and educable.” This leads to “Lasallian educational centers” which must be “places where welcome, peace and respect are lived out in communities characterized by the acceptance of each human persona, where being different is an enriching component of community life” (Brothers of the Christian Schools Circular 461, September, 2010).