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March 29, 2010

College Diversity Roundtable launches second campus climate survey

The College Diversity Roundtable (CDR) has launched its second Campus Climate Survey. The anonymous survey aims to evaluate undergraduates’ past and current experiences with issues of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability. The biennial survey was first implemented in 2008, representing the first formal measurement of the campus climate since 1982.

Since its inception in 2000, the CDR has served as a place for dialogue surrounding both campus climate and the quality of student life at Rochester. As a student-centered task force, undergraduates meet monthly with faculty and staff to discuss issues and concerns. Under the helm of current chair Norman Burnett, director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs, and Beth Olivares, director of the Kearns Center and chair of the Campus Climate Survey committee, the CDR has implemented several initiatives, including increased programming for cultural events like the annual Martin Luther King Commemorative Address.

In addition to its programming efforts, the CDR created the survey to collect both qualitative and quantitative data about the social and educational experiences students have on campus. It serves an important tool as the CDR meets its charge of fostering a more inclusive college experience for undergraduates.

The CDR hopes to present results from the survey to the campus community this fall through a variety of forums and panel discussions.

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