Student Advocacy

Mission Statement

The goal of the Advocacy Program is to provide a safe way for students, faculty, and staff to report diversity, equity, or inclusion concerns within the College. We also aim to facilitate conversations about diversity in healthcare and advocate for communities which have been frequently overlooked or silenced. Educating students and faculty, reaching out to major organizations within the College, and encouraging students to speak up about injustice in the classroom are some of the few ways we achieve this. The Liaison Program strives to bring to light issues of diversity and exclusion within the College in a way that makes students and faculty feel comfortable and heard.

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Our Purpose and Goals

  1. Allowing students, organizations, and faculty to come to us when faced with issues of diversity in the College or on Campus
  2. Reaching out to administration and organizations within the College
  3. Providing resources (infographics, documents on diversity and inclusion)
  4. Facilitating conversations about diversity in healthcare
  5. Advocate for and uplift the voices of frequently silenced communities
  6. Encourage students to speak up about injustice in the classroom
  7. Bring to light issues of diversity and exclusion within the College

What You Need To Know Before Reaching Out

Any report, including anonymous reports, of incidents of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sex discrimination (discrimination of the basis of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation), sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, retaliation, or stalking, committed by or against a person enrolled at or employed by the university at the time of the incident must be reported to the University’s Title IX Office.

The obligation to report applies whenever an Official with Authority receives, in the course and scope of employment, information about the alleged misconduct and policy violation. The report must include all information known to the employee which would be relevant to an investigation or redress of the incident, including whether the alleged victim has expressed a desire for confidentiality.

Will my concerns remain confidential?

You are not required to provide your name or contact information when reaching out, which allows for anonymity. However, if you choose to provide your name and/or contact information, it will remain confidential unless your concern falls under the Title IX mandatory reporting guidelines (see above).

What is the difference between anonymous and confidential?

Anonymity means you will not be identified by name and your personal information will not be known to us, if you choose to do so. We do this so students can feel comfortable addressing concerns without being publicly identified. Confidentiality means any information that is shared with the Caucus will be kept private and not shared with anyone unaffiliated with the Advocate Program. Your complaint or concern will not be held against you, nor will it affect you or your academic standing in the College.

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