Auburn University Bias Education and Response Team (BERT)
The Bias Education and Response Team (BERT) consists of a cross-disciplinary group of staff and faculty who will ensure that students, faculty, and staff have the means to report bias incidents, share information about incidents reported to the BERT, and advocate for prevention and awareness programs. BERT members will also connect those impacted by bias-related incidents with immediate and ongoing support measures.
Bert Core Team
BERT Core Team Chair
Haven Hart, Assistant Vice President, Student Development
Department of Campus Safety & Security
Office of Inclusion and Diversity
Multicultural Diversity Commission
Jared Russell, Ph.D.
Tessa Carr, Ph.D.
BERT Support Team
BERT Support Team of approximately 40 students, faculty, and staff representing a broad range of populations and constituents will assist in responding to specific incidents as appropriate. BERT may respond to a bias incident report in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the incident and the needs of those impacted. The response may include connecting those impacted with resources and support, working with university stakeholders to facilitate transparent and open communication, supporting opportunities for dialogue and restorative justice, or referring information to other offices to determine if policies were violated.