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Campus Climate Survey and Town Halls

October 18, 2018

To the UW community:


As we continue implementation of our strategic plan, I want to make you aware that we will be administering an additional campus-wide survey during spring semester. This survey gathers data not covered by either the student sexual assault survey administered to students last spring, or the “Great Colleges” employee satisfaction survey administered last spring.


The survey we will be conducting is a campus climate survey that collects baseline data on the attitudes, behaviors and experiences of our faculty, staff and students as they live and work at UW. It will also benchmark standards of practices of our campus for students, faculty and staff. This survey will assist the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in gathering relevant data about learning, living and working environments that create a more diverse, inclusive, safe, respectful and welcoming campus community.


While the survey will not take place until spring semester, your input is needed now to assist us with developing questions for the survey, as well as to answer any questions you might have about the survey. The Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is holding three town hall meetings to gather your feedback:

  • Monday, Oct. 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union East Yellowstone Ballroom.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2-3 p.m. in Classroom Building Room 105.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Wyoming Union East Yellowstone Ballroom.

In November, a subcommittee will conduct targeted outreach to different campus constituent groups for additional feedback. Beginning in December, the Campus Climate Survey Subcommittee will work with The NCHERM Group LLC to develop the survey. And around spring break, we will launch the survey to campus.


The Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is spearheading this initiative and is led by Chief Diversity Officer Emily Monago. The Campus Climate Survey Subcommittee is chaired by Evan Johnson, assistant professor of kinesiology. ASUW is partnering with the council on this initiative, and special thanks to Seth Jones, ASUW president, Alex Mulhall, ASUW vice president, and Katie McVicker, ASUW director of diversity.


The subcommittee reviewed several vendors and selected NCHERM to assist with developing and implementing the survey. Additionally, this company will provide the data analysis and written recommendations. NCHERM is the largest specialized higher education law and consulting firm in the United States. It offers solutions for safer schools and campuses and has focused on reducing age, ability, gender, immigration, racial, religious, sex/sexual orientation, veteran status and other forms of harassment and discrimination. By contracting with NCHERM, we can guarantee that no student or employee can be identified in the process of gathering responses.


Several University of Wyoming employees are certified through their student and employee support and violence prevention programs, Title IX Coordinator, Civil Rights Investigator and 504/ADA Coordinator programs. The cost to the university for the survey and services is $21,500. The benefits will last several years, as UW will own the questionnaire and have the ability to re-implement the questions.


This survey will assist the University of Wyoming in understanding the climate of our campus and identify critical issues that need immediate attention. It will also assist in more fully identifying strategies for future diversity and inclusion work. Our goal is to offer a welcoming, inclusive environment for all.


I thank you in advance for your support and participation.


Sincerely,


Laurie Nichols, President

 

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