Dear UVM Students,
Below and attached is a memorandum regarding the 2019 Campus
Climate Survey that was supposed to have been sent to the entire
UVM community including students on August 29, 2019. Through an
oversight, the memorandum did not get sent to students.
Vice President for Executive Operations
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Suresh V. Garimella
From: Suresh V. Garimella, President
Patricia Prelock, Interim Provost and Senior
To: UVM Community
Date: August 29, 2019
Re: 2019 UVM Campus Climate Survey
As we begin the new academic year, we are excited to announce
highlights of the 2019 UVM Campus Climate Survey. The survey is
one of multiple initiatives to accelerate our progress toward
inclusive excellence. In the Winter of 2019, a climate survey
was sent to every member of our campus community (students,
faculty, and staff). Our goal from this effort has been to use
the data to inform a plan of action that ensures an environment
where individual differences are respected and valued by all
members of the campus community.
In total, we are happy to report that 3,663 students and 2,221
faculty and staff members participated in the survey. Questions
included in the 2019 survey were based, in large part, on the
questions from the last university-wide campus climate survey,
which was completed in 2011. This allowed us to compare the data
across the two surveys. It is important to note that while
participants were encouraged to answer all parts of the survey,
all questions, including demographic ones, were optional.
We encourage everyone to read, think about, and discuss the
survey highlights listed below, prepared by the Office of
Institutional Research and Assessment. Over the course of the
next several weeks, Vice President for Human Resources,
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Wanda Heading-Grant and her
team will share summary data and discuss results of the survey
with the colleges and units. The goal of this work is to ensure
the development of specific action plans to further improve the
campus climate and to specifically address things we have
learned from this survey.
For further information about the administration of the 2019 UVM
Campus Climate Survey, please go to go.uvm.edu/climatesurvey.
Thank you for your participation in this important work, and for
your help with the work we have ahead of us.
CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
- Overall satisfaction and a
sense of inclusivity in 2019 has remained relatively
unchanged from 2011 for both faculty/staff and students. 80%
or more of the participants are satisfied with UVM, and 75%
or more reported experiencing a sense of inclusivity here.
- Faculty/staff awareness of
information regarding campus support services such as the
protocol for reporting bias incidents and requesting
information/accommodation regarding a disability
significantly increased since 2011. Over 75% of the
faculty/staff are aware of these resources. Over 69% of
students are aware of information regarding campus support
services and have confidence in requesting an accommodation
regarding a disability. Only a third of students, however,
are aware of the protocol for reporting a bias incident.
- Since 2011, faculty/staff
believe progress has been made toward equity on the basis of
age, disability, gender identity and expression, religion,
spirituality, or philosophy, sexual orientation,
socioeconomic status, and veteran status. There is room for
improvement, however, as the range of responses regarding
progress was from 43% (age) to 63% (gender identity and
- With regards to discrimination
and witnessing disparaging remarks, there has been mixed
progress across identities. Students witnessed decreases in
disparaging remarks with regards to age, disability,
religion, spirituality, or philosophy, sexual orientation,
and socioeconomic status. On the other hand, students,
faculty, and staff witnessed increases in disparaging
remarks and discrimination related to political affiliation.
- Going forward, UVM’s goal
should be to move beyond increasing awareness about the
value of diversity and focus on facilitating interactions
around issues of diversity important to the campus:
- Faculty/staff (86%) and
students (82%) want to learn about identity groups that
are different from their own (a 6% and 4% increase,
respectively, from 2011). However, a much smaller
percentage of faculty/staff and students feel it is
important to educate others about the identity groups to
which they belong (faculty/staff = 30%; students = 42%).
- Both faculty/staff (47%) and
students (50%) agree that they try to avoid conflicts when
discussing identity issues, even though the majority of
them (62% for faculty/staff and 77% for students) agree
that conflict enriches the learning process.
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