To: Faculty, academic appointees, postdocs, students, and staff
From: Eric D. Isaacs
Date: April 13, 2016
Subject: 2016 Campus Climate Survey
On April 18, the University will launch a campus climate survey that will focus on diversity and inclusion. This is an opportunity to share what both promotes and hinders your active participation as members of the University of Chicago community. The results of the Spring 2016 Climate Survey will inform our ongoing efforts to address issues that prevent members of the UChicago community from participating fully and freely.
The 2016 Survey will be administered to all faculty, academic appointees, postdocs, students, and staff. It is important that everyone in our campus community have an opportunity to provide input, share experiences, and help to improve our community.
This is the second in a series of University Climate Surveys. The first survey, administered in April 2015, assessed the climate with regard to sexual misconduct and sexual assault, and influenced specific actions the University has taken to address these issues. As President Zimmer and I wrote to the campus community in December 2014, these surveys constitute one step in the University’s ongoing responsibility to cultivate a climate that welcomes talented faculty, students, and staff of all backgrounds.
The content of the Spring 2016 Climate Survey was developed by a faculty working group chaired by Micere Keels, Associate Professor of Comparative Human Development. The survey and its deployment plan was shaped by a steering committee of faculty, students and staff, chaired by Cathy Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science. During Winter Quarter, the Provost’s Office hosted 17 public forums across campus to gather feedback and suggestions on the survey from members of the UChicago community. Once the survey is closed, work will begin on compiling the data and we will provide updates on the Climate Survey Project website.
On April 18, all faculty, students, staff, postdocs and academic appointees 18 years old and older will receive an individualized link to the survey via an email from Cathy Cohen. Participation in this confidential survey is optional, but each response will contribute to building an accurate representation of the campus climate for our community.
I encourage you to participate in the 2016 campus climate survey. Your responses will enable our community to better address these important issues.