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2019 Climate Survey Study Results

In the fall semester of 2019, the campus community had the opportunity to BE HEARD and share their perceptions and experiences through a campus-wide climate survey.

This study is one part of SVSU’s ongoing efforts to foster a healthy and inclusive environment for all members of the university community. SVSU will use the findings from this study to develop new actions or initiatives or enhance existing efforts, that will improve the working, living, and learning environments here.

The survey results were analyzed by Dr. Sue Rankin from Rankin and Associates (now Rankin Climate), the external consultant who developed the survey in conjunction with the Campus Climate Core Advisory Group.  Dr. Rankin shared the results with the campus community during a series of town hall meetings as well as a number of documents which include the executive summary, presentation slides from the town hall meetings, and many more. 

Actions Taken Based on 2019 Survey Results

Internal DEI Council was institutionalized, and seven goals set. Among the Council’s accomplishments include:

  • Development of DEI Strategic Planning, Mission, Vision, Core Values, Shared  Definitions and DEI Aspirations
  • DEI External Review by the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation
  • DEI Activation Leaders in each college
  • Support for Multicultural Student Center
  • Employee On-boarding program including DEI training
  • Updated Inclusion Advocates training
  • Developed SVSU Leadership Academy
    • 61 Faculty/Administrative Professionals/Support Staff have participated in the Leadership Program
  • Addition of a Black Studies major at SVSU
  • Addition of Global Diversity Award and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Award to SVSU All University Awards
  • University support for the Saginaw County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • SVSU again recognized by national magazine for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion

Findings from 2019 also led to increased Title IX education across campus. And, supported the opening the Campus Mental Health & Wellness Center and offering Mental Health First Aid Training for 150 members of the campus community.