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First ever campus-wide inclusion climate survey to open next week to UNT students, staff, faculty and administrators

First ever campus-wide inclusion climate survey to open next week to UNT students, staff, faculty and administrators

First ever campus-wide inclusion climate survey to open next week to UNT students, staff, faculty and administrators
October 27
10:47 2018

UNT will begin conducting a campus-wide inclusion climate survey on Oct. 29, which will run until Nov. 16.

This anonymous survey will ask for responses from students, staff, faculty and administrators and “will serve as a blueprint for future diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for the university,” according to the survey website.

“We can’t meet the needs of our UNT community without knowing what their needs are and specifically asking what their experiences are,” said Shani Moore, the director of  diversity and inclusion. “That’s really why we’re doing this.”

Moore said the initial planning revolved around the timing of this survey and making sure they did not ask questions already asked on previous UNT surveys.

“This was actually one of the main areas of strategic focus for Joanne Woodard, our vice president of institutional equity and diversity,” Moore said. “We started the planning for it a couple of years ago.”

The planning of the survey involved a main committee that started meeting last fall, Moore said. There were also three subcommittees, tasked with distribution, incentive and marketing duties.

“It was a really collaborative effort to make sure that at all phases along the way [and] that we had input from students, faculty, staff and administrators,” Moore said.

She also said this is the first time UNT is offering an inclusion survey which is why the university has put so much effort into it.

This survey will also be campus-wide, with everyone at UNT students, staff, faculty and administrators able to take the survey. Incentives are also available to those who complete the survey including a 2018 Honda Civic.

“We often just don’t ask everybody,” Moore said. “That’s why it’s really important that everyone does it because if everyone doesn’t have an opportunity to have their voice heard, then our subsequent efforts won’t be applicable to everybody.”

Once the survey closes on Nov. 16, Moore said they hope to get initial data by the beginning of next semester, from which they will be able to see where they might need to conduct focus groups to get more information.

“We’ll synthesize all of that and then start developing the strategic plan for diversity and inclusion,” Moore said. “We’re hoping to be able to start doing data presentations in fall 2019.”

Teresa McKinney, assistant vice president of student affairs said increasing inclusivity is a priority.

“We’re an emerging MSI [minority serving institution] and an emerging HSI [Hispanic serving institution],” Mckinney said. “We want to make sure we’re being inclusive to all populations and all stakeholders.”

Logistics senior Cody Little said he thinks UNT is an inclusive campus.

“I find it hard to argue otherwise,” Little said. “The make-up is pretty diverse in terms of all the usual demographics race, sexual orientation, all that stuff. It’s pretty visible.”

Moore also said that with how evolved and well-developed the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are, it makes sense to do this survey now because they have the infrastructure of the university to be able to address and implement the results.

“We just really need more voices to speak up and to fill out the survey and to let their voice be heard,” McKinney said. “We want people to know we’re listening.”

Featured Image: The Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity has created a survey that will help determine the university’s strengths and opportunities in regards to diversity and equity. The survey is set to launch on Oct. 26 and close on Nov. 16, and will be available in both English and Spanish. Isabel Anes

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