University circulates survey to assess climate, experiences, perceptions on campus

Employees and students are encouraged to complete the confidential survey by April 28

Johns Hopkins launched its first-ever universitywide climate survey this week, an opportunity for university leadership to better understand people's experiences, behaviors, and perceptions of life at Johns Hopkins across all campuses.

The online survey, entitled the Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living, and Working at JHU, is voluntary, confidential, and open to all university affiliates from now until April 28. Surveys typically take between 20 and 35 minutes and must be completed in a single sitting.

The circulation of the survey supports one of the goals described in university's Second Roadmap on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which reads:

The university will collaborate with the divisions to develop, conduct, assess, and publish the results of a regular universitywide JHU climate survey, with common questions for all stakeholders as well as targeted questions pertinent to the experiences of faculty, staff, and students, respectively. These surveys will be supplemented with periodic focus groups and other listening sessions to allow our community to communicate their perceptions of progress, which will help steer our work in many areas.

"This survey … marks a significant university milestone and will allow us to assess and measure our progress toward ensuring our institutional frameworks clearly reflect and support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion," Ralph Etienne-Cummings, vice provost for faculty affairs; Emil L. Cunningham, assistant vice provost for diversity and inclusion and deputy chief diversity officer; and Demere Woolway, executive director of inclusive excellence education and development, wrote in a message accompanying the survey earlier this week.

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Take the JHU climate survey

Univeristy employees and students are encouraged to complete this confidential survey by April 28; it should take between 20 and 35 minutes

"While data alone cannot paint a complete picture of our community nor fully capture our progress toward our ultimate aims, data collection and analysis based upon a number of different sources—including this assessment—will foster accountability and steady, demonstrable change in the months and years ahead."

Johns Hopkins has hired Rankin Climate to lead this effort. An external data assessment firm with more than two decades of experience, Rankin has conducted similar studies on more than 240 campuses, to capture the full spectrum of experience, background, belief, and thought that make up a campus community.

More information on the Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living, and Working at JHU, as well as support resources, are available on the Provost Office website.