Survey deadline for eligible faculty, staff and students is April 10

A survey to assess whether the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion values are reflected in the daily experience of students, faculty and staff is underway at Rutgers.

The first-ever Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Campus Climate Survey is open to eligible students, faculty and staff through April 10, 2023. It stems from the first University Diversity Strategic Plan, which affirmed Rutgers’ commitment to purposefully support efforts to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion across the university. 

“The results of the survey will allow us to better understand the challenges of creating an environment that is respectful and inclusive for all,” said Enobong “Anna” Branch, senior vice president for equity at Rutgers. “This is an opportunity for members of the university community, from faculty to dining hall staff to students and senior administrators, to share their experiences and help us accurately assess the DEI campus climate at Rutgers.”

The survey implements a recommendation from the Association of American Universities Advisory Board on Racial Equity in Higher Education, co-chaired by President Jonathan Holloway who urged eligible Rutgers community members to participate in the survey.

“Your experience with the university matters, and I encourage you to share your voice,” Holloway said. “This survey is part of a larger research-based effort to help us make Rutgers a better place to work and learn.”

The confidential survey will be administered every five years, which will allow Rutgers to benchmark responses against peer universities, assess the university’s program over time and make decisions to better support faculty, staff and students.

For more information, faculty, staff and students are invited to join Branch in a Zoom webinar on the DEI campus climate survey on Wednesday, March 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more about what led to the survey, the creation of Rutgers first-ever diversity strategic plan and why perceptions of diversity, equity and inclusion at Rutgers matter.