DEI Climate Survey now open

November 2, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

The University of Michigan is partnering with SoundRocket — an independent, third-party, research and survey methodology company — to administer a diversity, equity and inclusion climate survey to the Ann Arbor campus community.

This survey is a follow-up to the university’s 2016-17 DEI climate survey and will ask every student and university employee — including Michigan Medicine employees — about their perspectives, opinions and experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion at U-M.

The survey — which is now open — will take respondents approximately 15 minutes to complete, and responses will be confidential. No one from the university will have access to any identifying information.

SoundRocket began sending survey invitation emails Oct. 28. Please look out for an email from “SoundRocket” or “Scott Crawford” with the subject line “U-M Climate Survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion—We need your input!”

Differing from previous years, this year’s survey approach will consist of a census survey and sampling survey, taking place simultaneously.

The census survey is available to all Ann Arbor campus students, faculty and staff, and a scientific sampling of community members also will be conducted. The sample group will receive a slightly longer version of the survey to complete. No one will be asked to complete two surveys.

While participation is optional for everyone, every member of the campus community is strongly encouraged to complete the climate survey. All survey participants have a chance to win prizes, including $100 gift cards and other giveaways, for participating.

Participation also is strongly encouraged because the availability of unit-based climate reports will be contingent upon a high enough response rate within the unit to protect respondent confidentiality.

Survey questions were developed over the past year by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in consultation with a faculty advisory committee. Subject matter experts from the campus community and survey research experts from the university’s Survey Research Center also collaborated to develop the survey.

The climate survey will be open until mid-December and results will be available in March 2022.

The 2021 climate survey comes as the university is concluding the fifth year of its DEI Five-Year Strategic Plan, DEI 1.0. Following a yearlong evaluation process and a yearlong planning process, led by ODEI, the university will launch DEI 2.0 in October 2023.

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