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What is BMIST?

• Baylor University is committed to a caring and compassionate community. No university, however, is immune to problems of bias and prejudice. If you believe you have been subject to a bias-motivated act, one avenue to pursue is the Bias-Motivated Incident Support Team, or BMIST. BMIST operates with the support of the President's Office and consists of staff and faculty who have expertise in diversity issues and conflict resolution. BMIST meets regularly to discuss new and ongoing cases.

What does BMIST do?

• Assist and support students who report bias-motivated incidents based on race, nationality, religion, gender, age, etc.

• Recommend pathways for personal and institutional redress and reconciliation.

• Document information about these incidents in order to address bias-motivated incidents as they occur in habitual or systematic ways at Baylor.

What Should be Reported:

• BMIST deals with bias-motivated incidents that involve race, nationality, religion, gender, age, etc.

Examples of such incidents:

• You are subjected to verbal abuse because you are an international student.

• A wall near the door of a Jewish student is defaced with anti-Semitic phrases.

• Every time you go to your work-study job, your supervisor insists on telling jokes that are demeaning to women.

• Your professor repeatedly makes racially disparaging comments.

What's Next?

• To report an incident to BMIST, send an email to bmist@baylor.edu. A member of BMIST should be in contact with you within three days (typically, within 24 hours).




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