Bias Incident Response Team

Bias Incident Response Team

Who Serves on the Bias Response Team?

  • A.T. Ortíz, Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion, and Community Life
  • Xuemei M. Cheng, Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Janet Shapiro, Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
  • Cheryl Lynn Horsey, Equal Opportunity Officer
  • Kimberly Taylor, Title IX Coordinator
  • Rodney Matthews, Member of the Staff Association

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The Role of Bias Response Team is to:

  • Help to establish the facts and the nature of a reported incident
  • Ensure that personal support is available to the targeted individual(s) and/or group(s)
  • Assist in directing all parties involved to available community resources and proper channels for reporting and action
  • Assist in mediating communication between the individual(s) reporting the incident and the individual(s) responsible for it
  • Maintain ongoing and followup communication with involved parties to address the concerns and needs of all parties involved

The Bias Response Team will Track Incidents to:

  • Assess the potential impact of incidents on the community
  • Gauge emerging patterns and climate of the College
  • Inform community educational and training initiatives such as teach-ins, solidarity programs, campus speakers and bias awareness programming