The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is conducting a survey of the climate for inclusion and diversity on campus this spring.
On April 11, staff and students will receive an email link to the Inclusion and Diversity Climate Survey. The staff survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Both the undergraduate and graduate and professional student surveys take approximately 25–35 minutes to complete. A paper version of the survey will be available in Burmese, Karen and Spanish.
The survey is one of seven actions that Chancellor Carol L. Folt shared last December that will help address concerns that students, faculty and staff raised during the Nov. 19 Town Hall on race and inclusion that drew nearly 900 people to Memorial Hall, said Felicia A. Washington, vice chancellor for workforce strategy, equity and engagement.
“Along with other University leaders, I am committed to creating an environment where everyone – students, faculty and staff – feels like they belong here,” Washington said. “It is not enough to say everyone has a right to be here. Our charge is to do all that we can to make everyone feel welcome – and engaged. This survey is just one tool that we can use to accomplish that.”
The survey is open to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, and all staff employees, whether permanent or temporary, Washington said. Faculty will receive a separate assessment that is focused on inclusion and diversity next academic year.
The survey will be administered by Higher Education Researcher Institute (HERI), a leading authority on institutional climate assessment with experience working with diverse learning environments.
“We want everyone to participate in this survey,” Washington said. Several incentives being offered will encourage that participation.
All students who participate will receive a $5 Amazon gift card, while supplies last. All staff members will have their names placed in a drawing to win one of six iPad mini tablets.
The survey will be open from April 11 through May 7.
“We want everybody, whether in their learning environment or their work environment, to feel a sense of belonging on this campus. This survey will help us learn what next steps are needed to ensure Carolina is that kind of place,” Washington said.