Preliminary Data

Preliminary results from the Diversity Campus Climate Assessment were shared with the EMU community at the 2020 MLK Celebration on Jan. 20, 2020. See below. 

  • Background Expand dropdown
    • 2015 Issuance of the Black Student Ten Point Plan
    • December 2016, Eastern Michigan University President James Smith named a thirteen member President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion consisting of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
    • January 2018, based on study and feedback, the CDI issued a set of recommendations to the university.
    • A Biennial Campus Climate Assessment was the first of these
    • An External Consultant, Sibson Consulting, was hired in February 2019 to work with a group of concerned and representative faculty, staff, and students from across the university to develop such an assessment. Co-chairing and leading the work were Ms. Catherine Lilly from Sibson Consulting and EMU faculty Dr. Devika Dibya Choudhuri (at that time Chair of the CDI).
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    • The significant components of the 2019 EMU Campus Climate assessment included:
    • A climate survey developed internally based on normative diversity and inclusion climate constructs and administered locally.
    • A preliminary Stakeholders survey was conducted in September 2019.
    • Town Hall meetings, focus groups, and recorded story sessions were conducted to provide contextual information, increase participation, and add a dimension of qualitative data to increase understanding.
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    • The EMU Campus Climate survey was distributed to the EMU community using a targeted random sampling approach comprising 20% faculty and staff and 10% graduate and undergraduate students.
    • In addition, through town hall meetings and other venues, members of minoritized social groups were encouraged to take the survey to oversample such perspectives and ensure sufficient data for analysis.
    • The survey was open from October 22, 2019 to November 13, 2019.

      Video:  https://youtu.be/Bvdj0Pe8w40
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    • Intersectional
    • Addressing multiple aspects of diversity: Race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and age.
    • Addressing multiple constituencies on campus and in the community including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members such as affiliated groups such as EMU Foundation, Emeriti staff faculty, and Alumni.
    • Asked about feeling respected, safe, sense of belonging, and being valued.
    • Asked about experiences of discrimination including online and physical.
    • Asked about consequences of experience at the university and resources
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    • Overall, a 35% response rate was achieved, representing 2551 faculty, staff and students who were sent emails with 893 responding.
    • A typical response rate in comparable institutions is approximately 22% (e.g. Bowling Green (30%), Central Michigan (22%), Wayne State (24.5%) and Oakland University (14.5%)).
    • As an opportunity for engagement, 1219 community members were also sent surveys, representing 10% of lists of emeriti faculty, retired staff, and alumni that were provided. 46 (4%) responded. These data are not included currently in the preliminary analysis.
    • Specifically, 32% undergraduate students from the random sample participated and 61% of graduate students.
    • Of the survey respondents, 769 surveys were usable for deeper data analysis based on full completion of all major variables.
    • In addition, 126 individuals attended town halls, and 14 contributed a story through the Share Your Stories approach. 
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    • The profile of participants who took the survey are similar to a profile of the institution (based on existing data collected) suggesting a representative sample was collected.
    • Overall, the data appears very positive, with very high numbers across students, staff, and faculty reporting feeling safe, high numbers reporting respect and a sense of belonging.
    • More analysis will reveal where and how we need to respond as a community as well as in our units to enhance the experience of every member of this community to feel value, belonging, and safety.
    • 70% of respondents feel their race is respected
    • 75% feel their sexual orientation is respected
    • 80% that their gender is respected
    • 65-75% that their religion is respected
    • 75% that their age is respected
    • 75% feel that their disability is respected.
  • Next StepsExpand dropdown
    • In-depth data analysis and reporting by individuals identified with that expertise by the institution over the Winter 2020 semester.
    • Deidentified data clusters with analysis sent concerned units: These include each College receiving data on results for their college across all students, staff, and faculty. In addition, Student Government will receive data on students, Faculty Senate and AAUP on faculty data, and staff to Human Resources.
    • Over Summer 2020, units will develop responses and action plans which will be presented and available for the community to review and respond to.

 

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