The Campus Climate Survey
On March 19, 2014 the University of California Office of the President presented to the Board of Regents the results of the system-wide climate survey conducted in 2013 by Rankin & Associates. We encourage you to review the results of UC San Diego’s survey and to become engaged in the discussions about our efforts to improve the campus climate.
The system-wide survey was commissioned by former UC President Mark Yudof after the occurrence of several racially motivated incidents on and off campuses involving UC community members. The incidents – including “Compton Cookout” in San Diego – galvanized the UC system and our UC San Diego community, and cemented our resolve to address climate issues and enrich the diversity of our campuses.
We recognize that more analysis of the data is needed to delve deeper into the issues of “microclimates” at UC San Diego. It is vital that all voices are heard and that the larger number of those who are comfortable with the campus climate do not overwhelm the voices of smaller populations who are not comfortable. We are planning listening sessions and focus groups to meet with students, faculty and staff to talk about the survey results and determine deficiencies that need to be addressed head-on.
We also recognize there are yet more issues that may not have been covered in the survey that need to be addressed, such as family-leave policies and hiring practices. As we further analyze the results, we will engage with our campus members to be sure we are implementing changes and initiatives that attend to all areas of campus climate, and foster a culture of respect and inclusion.
The survey results are a tool we will use as we continue our work to improve campus climate. Along with data from other campus surveys such as Staff@Work and the UC Undergraduate Experiences Survey, the results of this climate survey help us to understand how our campus members relate to one another. Coupled with initiatives we have put into place in the four years since racial incidents in February 2010 the climate survey results will sharpen our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of work and learning. The results also provide opportunities for us to evaluate what works and to make corrections in our ongoing efforts.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to our mission. They are a fundamental aspect of our strategic plan – as one of our overarching goals and as core values that are integrated into all that we do. We are committed to using the information gathered in this survey to improve our campus environment, and to working with our campus community to provide an inclusive, positive climate for all members of our community.
Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor
Carol Padden, Interim Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The University of California conducted an unprecedented systemwide Campus Climate Study Survey which surveyed 430,000 individuals, including students, faculty and staff at UC San Diego, in an effort to assess the quality of learning, living and working environments at all 10 campuses. Insight gained will be used to develop programs to foster a more welcoming, inclusive and healthy campus environment. Once the campus has the opportunity to review and discuss the report, resulting action plans will be posted here.
Results for other UC locations may be found at the UC Climate Study website.