The Bias Education and Response Team, based in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, works to provide an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to be heard and supported. The fundamental role of the Bias Education and Response Team is to respond to situations that affect the larger community through education about current and historical issues surrounding bias. Utilizing best practices in our field, the team provides services to witness(es), bystander(s), targeted individual(s), offender(s), or a member(s) of the community in order to create change in a timely, effective, and comprehensive way. It is through our education services and initiatives that we hope to eliminate acts of bias within our community.
It is not the purpose of the Bias Education and Response Team to investigate, arbitrate, or to take the place of other College processes or services; rather, the intention is to complement and work with campus entities to connect those who have witnessed or themselves become a target of an act of bias with appropriate support and resources. The team does not and will not initiate disciplinary action or impose sanctions regarding bias incidents. Data collected from the bias reports is used to develop educational and outreach programs.
Bias Education & Response Team Members
- Catharina Coenen, Professor, Biology
- Kristin Dukes, Dean for Institutional Diversity
- Gillian Ford, Title IX Coordinator
- Angelica Perez-Johnston, IDEAS Center Director
- April Thompson, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students