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Chapman’s Staff Climate for Diversity Survey to Be the Focus of Mar. 11 Staff Town Hall

Chapman University’s climate for diversity for staff will be the key topic at the Staff Town Hall – 2020 Climate Survey Discussion to be held virtually on March 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Chapman administrators and staff will be joined by President Daniele Struppa and senior staff to discuss the results of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Staff Climate Survey, designed to gauge the climate around diversity, equity and inclusion from a staff and administrator perspective. 

Strengthening Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

The HERI Staff Climate Survey, which was administered for the first time to Chapman staff last March 9 after taking the place of the previous home-grown staff climate survey, is a key component in helping inform the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

“One of the key goals of our strategic plan is to foster a welcoming campus climate that promotes the success of all faculty, staff and students,” said Vice Provost of Institutional Effectiveness Joe Slowensky. “The data from these surveys help us to see how different identity populations are experiencing our campus environment, as well our community as a whole, and in turn we shape our approaches and interventions to make improvements.”

Administered at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the HERI Staff Climate Survey garnered a 50% response rate and focused on perceptions of the climate for diversity on campus, interactions with supervisors and coworkers, sources of stress and satisfaction and the overall experience as a staff member or administrator.

Planning for the Future

While gathering data is an integral component, now the focus is on opening up dialogue to discuss steps to enhance existing strengths and address challenges and barriers identified in the survey. 

Join the March 11 Staff Town Hall – 2020 Staff Climate Survey Discussion to take part in that discussion. A Q&A session will follow.

For a brief but comprehensive look into data collected from the staff climate survey, check out the 2020 HERI Staff Climate Survey Snapshot released by the Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRADS) Office.

Michelle Anguka