The Campus Climate Survey is the first step to increasing the transparency between University leadership and the rest of the USF community. The survey asks students about their attitudes towards USF and narrow into individual student’s experience going to school here.
Vice Provost of Diversity and Community Engagement Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi is an active member in the administration of the survey. “This particular Campus Climate Survey in 2017 is like nothing we have ever done before,” she said. “This is the University’s first comprehensive campus climate survey that has been thoughtfully developed by a group of USF faculty, staff and students.”
The survey questions were developed over the summer using the results of 16 identity based focus groups, and implemented with the help of Rankin & Associates. “The senior leadership will have the survey findings at the same time as the USF community receives the survey findings. Rankin & Associates who are administering the campus climate survey for the University of San Francisco will be on campus April 30 and May 1, 2018 to give a series of public discussions about the findings of the USF survey,” said Wardell-Ghirarduzzi.
According to the USF Working Group Members, the data from the results will be shared publicly for transparency. This will hold the University more accountable in instigating tangible changes on our campus. The USF Working Group Members and Rankin & Associates designed the questionnaire to be a population survey so that no one person could potentially be left out from sharing their views and hopes for our campus’ future climate. Rather than a sample survey — where only a random selection of the student, faculty and staff body would get to be chosen — every religious, racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity on campus has the opportunity to be heard.
“I hope to see more inclusion between people of different races and ethnicities,” freshman Annika Cowen said. She also acknowledged that she liked the anonymity of the survey. “The community will feel comfortable to respond honestly and openly,” said Cowen.
What does this mean for the future of our campus? Vice Provost Wardell-Ghirarduzzi says, “We hope to see changes made through the survey findings that would align the university to our mission for social justice and equity [including] a more inclusive campus environment for those with religious difference, a more inclusive campus environment for people with disabilities, and to improve the public safety and escort shuttle service for a more safe campus environment.”
In order to see these positive changes on our campus, it is crucial that as many students as possible make their voice heard and take the survey so we can better our overall campus climate.
Featured Photo: A sticker is on the Lone Mountain Stairs to remind students to take the survey. Raquel Gonzales/Foghorn