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Campus Conversations, Online Form Offer Opportunity for Input on University Environment
Syracuse University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to review the recently released report of findings from last semester’s campuswide Climate Assessment Survey and offer reactions and feedback through one of several upcoming Campus Conversations sessions or an online form.
This input will help the Climate Assessment Planning Committee (CAPC) prepare its recommendations of actions that can be taken to foster a more inclusive learning, living and working environment at the University.
The first Campus Conversation is Wednesday, Nov. 16, at noon in Room 304ABC in the Schine Student Center. Other sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 19, at noon; and Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m., all in the same location.
Prior to attending a Campus Conversation, members of the University community are invited to read the survey executive summary and/or the full survey report, both of which are available at MySlice.syr.edu.
Project consultant Susan Rankin of Rankin & Associates and SU Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz (CAPC co-chair) conducted two campus presentations on Oct. 27 on the survey findings and next steps. Their PowerPoint presentation, as well as detailed information on the project, can be found at survey.syr.edu.
Also available at survey.syr.edu is a simple online feedback form that offers another means to contribute feedback in addition to the Campus Conversations.
The CAPC will present its final recommendations in March 2017.
The SU Climate Assessment Survey was conducted Feb. 9-March 28. Nearly 6,000 students, faculty and staff completed the survey, which consisted of 118 items (29 qualitative and 89 quantitative) focused on the experiences and perceptions of various campus constituent groups related to sexual harassment and sexual violence, race, gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, disability services, the academic environment for students, the workplace environment for faculty and staff, and other topics.
The idea for conducting a climate survey originated with the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy, as one of the 24 recommendations in the workgroup’s final report.