Campus Climate Assessment and Action
The EMU Diversity Campus Climate Assessment begins in October 2019. This initiative, called Diversity in Action, will consist of a random cross-section survey of students, faculty and staff, and a series of town hall meetings and focus groups designed to give a platform to the unique voices on our campus. If you receive an invitation to join a focus group, attend a town hall or take the survey, we urge you to participate. The findings will be delivered to EMU's administration and campus community, and a plan of action will be put in place to bolster, improve and monitor issues of respect, inclusion, access and equity on campus.
The survey launched on Tuesday, Oct. 22. As a reminder, the survey is random—so not everyone will be receiving an email link. If you do receive the email invitation, though, we urge you to participate.
The EMU community is also invited to participate by recording a short story or experience about diversity at EMU. This initiative is called EMU Voices. The stories will be recorded in the WEMU studio in King Hall. Participation involves using the soundproof studio to record a story of about 3 to 5 minutes. Your story will only be audio recorded, and all identifying documentation will be removed. Recording times are from 2-4 p.m. on each of the following days: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 8.
Anyone who has not been sent a survey can still participate through focus groups. If you'd like to be in a focus group, please email Dibya Choudhuri at email@example.com before Nov. 15.
Finally, a traveling booth will soon be available in the Student Center, Halle Library and McKenny Hall. More information will be posted when it's available.
"Campus climate touches the core of our basic need to feel connected to the places where we work, learn, lead and serve. As president, I am committed to advancing a coordinated effort to increase diversity, equity and inclusion on Eastern's campus. To facilitate this goal, a Campus Climate Assessment Committee will conduct a University-wide assessment--work that will help to identify our areas of strength as well as our areas for improvement as we work to enrich the daily reality of students, faculty and staff at EMU."
James Smith, Ph.D.