Campus Climate Study Update: May 7, 2018

TO: All Faculty, Staff and Students
FROM: Monica Nixon, Ed.D., Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity

Thank you to all who participated in and supported the study of our campus climate for inclusion. We concluded the survey with an overall response rate among students, faculty and staff of 22.7 percent (2,070 respondents). Among our faculty and staff, we well exceeded the target response rate of 30 percent, and although we did not reach this target for our undergraduate and graduate students, we have a robust overall sample for analysis of our learning, working and living environments.

Consultants from Rankin & Associates have begun that analysis and will visit campus during the fall semester to present our findings. That presentation will be recorded and made available along with the full report on the climate study website.

In the meantime, members of the Climate Study Working Group and the President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity are developing the framework for an Inclusive Excellence Blueprint that will guide the ways we integrate diversity, equity and inclusion at the core of the University’s educational mission and across all of our structures, processes and policies. Findings from the climate study will inform the blueprint’s tactics and metrics. We will share more about the Inclusive Excellence Blueprint this fall.

Please join me in thanking the following members of the Climate Study Working Group, who will conclude their two-year commitment in November:

  • Ergkys Alizoti ’19 (M.S.)
  • Kim Allen-Stuck, Ph.D.
  • Katie Bean
  • Sharon Eisenmann
  • Jim Grasell
  • Melissa Logue, Ph.D.
  • Megan Lynott ’19 (B.A.)
  • Jeff Martin ’04, ’05 (M.A.)
  • Peter McLallen, Ph.D.
  • John Neiva de Figueiredo, Ph.D.
  • Becki Scola, Ph.D.
  • David Steingard, Ph.D.
  • Kelly Welsh ’05 (M.A.)