Conducting a Climate Survey to Improve Diversity and Inclusion (Webcast Recording)



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Successful climate surveys are transparent and actionable – are you well-positioned for such an undertaking?

Many institutions sink thousands of dollars into a climate survey, yet struggle to get adequate response rates and translate the data into truly actionable results. Join us for a webcast that will teach you cost-effective and efficient strategies for navigating the climate assessment process successfully on your campus. Our expert instructors from Grand Valley State University will share research-based best practices for how to:

  • Work with senior leadership to build a case for and gain clarity about the value and goals of climate assessment for your institution on the front end
  • Roll out the survey and ensure you receive a healthy response rate
  • Share the results with campus constituents in a transparent and productive way
  • Ensure that your results translate into meaningful change at the programmatic, service, and dialogue levels on campus

You will see specific examples from GVSU’s own climate assessment work and results along the way.

Who Should Attend

This webcast is beneficial to diversity and inclusion, student affairs, and institutional research professionals working in higher education who are interested in or planning to administer a climate survey on their campus. This training does not specifically cover Title IX/sexual misconduct climate surveys.

Learning Outcome

After participating in this training, you will be able to conduct a more successful climate survey on campus.


Defining the Parameters of Your Project

  • What are the goals of your particular survey?
  • What kind of assessment instrument should you use? What are the options out there?
  • How will you validate the data you collect?
  • What is the best way to roll out the survey and ensure you get a healthy response rate?

Sense-Making and Creating Meaningful Results

  • Once you receive your results, what should the sense-making and analysis process look like?
  • How can you share the results back to constituents in a transparent and productive way?
  • How can you effect meaningful change through programs, services, and/or dialogue that stem directly from your results?


Jesse Bernal, Ph.D. Vice President for Inclusion & Equity, Grand Valley State University

Kathleen VanderVeen, Ph.D. Assistant Vice President, Inclusion & Equity, Grand Valley State University
In her current role, Kathleen oversees compliance for Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX while serving as the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the university. She is a member of the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD), and has served for six years on the executive board of the Michigan Association for Higher Education and Disabilities. She has had an active role in the five climate surveys conducted since 1993 and was co-chair of the last survey in 2015. Other research interests include the success of at-risk students in higher educational settings as well as the impact of assistive technology on learning. VanderVeen is an advocate for all persons with disabilities and speaks regularly at area intermediate school districts and disability focused events.  She has been instrumental in organizing campus-wide trainings for inclusion themes as well as faculty development in the area of universal design in teaching and learning.


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