Project
Assessing Campus Attitudes Towards DEI and Belonging
Description
This project focused on a campus climate survey to gauge the current campus climate and attitudes towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Advising Focus
4-Year Institution
PWI
Georgia
Quinton Staples
Director of Diversity Initiatives
Evidence

The survey focused on the inclusiveness of the college environment. It identified strengths and challenges to help inform a strategic direction for organizational change. Items were mapped to eight inclusion domains (trust, appreciation of individual attributes, sense of belonging, access to opportunity, equitable reward and recognition, cultural competence, respect, and common purpose).

Survey results found that in the areas of common purpose, appreciation of individual attributes, cultural competency, access to opportunity, and respect 80% or more respondents chose "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" indicating that DEI is a galvanizing focus for campus development.

However, as it relates to sense of belonging, trust, and equitable rewards and recognition, less than 80% of respondents chose "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree". Given these domains it seems the campus still has work to build a culture that feels intrinsically supportive of personal identities.

Goal

The goal of the project was to measure campus climate and attitudes towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Lessons Learned

One of the biggest lessons of the survey was to determine a better time of year to administer the survey since student responses were low. Additionally, ensuring faculty and staff have increased anonymity to increase their response rates.