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Diversity at the University

Diversity Engagement Survey

The Results

Executive Summary: We published an executive summary of the results of this survey as part of the Commission of Race and Diversity‘s final report.  Please see appendix J.

Comprehensive Report: As part of the University’s continuing efforts to address race and diversity, we participated in a Diversity Engagement (DES) survey in Spring 2016.  Twelve thousand and eighty (12,080) University of Rochester faculty, staff, trainees, and students completed the survey, representing an overall response rate of 48%. The DES results have now been analyzed and the comprehensive report aims to share the findings in relation to understanding how faculty, staff, students, and trainees perceive the state of diversity and how these perceptions may differ between demographic groups.  There will be further analysis at the school and unit level, and the data will be utilized as a baseline and will inform the work of the new Presidential Diversity Council (PDC).  The PDC reviewed these findings in a meeting January 24, 2017, and found that they are consistent with recommendations of the Commission on Race and Diversity.  The PDC will integrate the survey findings into their work as they move forward with implementing the recommendations from the Commission on Race & Diversity’s Final Report.

The University-wide Diversity Engagement Survey launched on February 16, 2016. This confidential on-line survey, administered by Datastar, assessed the inclusiveness of our environment and define areas of strengths and opportunities for change.

The Goal
The goal of the survey was to gather information from you, to help the University leadership know what is important to you and to ultimately improve the place that you work, learn, and care for people at the University of Rochester. By gathering feedback from our university community members through the survey, we will be able to clearly identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in order to attract and retain talented faculty, staff, trainees and students. In short, your voice matters. The survey was available February 16, 2016 through March 23, 2016.

Who was surveyed?
Faculty, staff, trainees, and students in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing and Eastman Institute of Oral Health, the Warner School of Education, and the Simon School of Business were invited to take the Diversity Engagement Survey.  This survey also included faculty and staff in Central administration, Arts, Sciences, and Engineering and the Eastman School of music. A separate survey assessing diversity engagement among our students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering and in the Eastman School of Music was underway as part of the Presidential Commission on Race & Diversity. By administering both surveys, for the first time ever all of our employees, faculty, trainees and students were able to share their views on the climate of diversity and inclusiveness on our campuses.

The Leaders
This initiative is being led by the University’s Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, the Office of Human Resources and the Office for Inclusion and Culture Development in the Medical Center. The co-chairs of this initiative include Dr. Linda Chaudron, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture, Tony Kinslow, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, and Dr. Vivian Lewis, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.

Contact Us
If you have questions or concerns about the University of Rochester’s Diversity Engagement survey, please contact Maggie Cousin.