On April 12, 2013, the Division for Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Office of the President and Provost, will launch the Equity and Inclusion Survey.
The purpose of the survey is to assess attitudes, behaviors and perspectives of faculty, staff, and students about diversity, equity and inclusion and the manner in which it impacts the quality and extent of interactions on our campus. An outside consultant, Halualani and Associates, will administer the survey to ensure anonymity and confidentiality.
The Equity and Inclusion Survey will provide information to aid the creation and maintenance of an inclusive campus for an engaging and supportive learning and working environment for all.
UNM has the diverse student population today that many universities will have tomorrow. Therefore, we can serve as a national model for incorporating diversity as an advantage in creating foundations for excellence in higher education.
About Halualani and Associates:
An independent third-party group, Halualani and Associates, has been contracted to oversee the survey, analyze the data and prepare a report on the outcomes. Halualani & Associates was founded by a sister-brother team who bring together the worlds of academia and business. The combination of academic rigor and business acumen provide a unique blending of experience, expertise, and perspectives to provide clients with innovative, results-oriented solutions. Each of the principals of the company have over 20 years of experience conducting research, developing methodologies, and conducting consulting engagements. They have provided an array of services to institutions of higher education from diversity mapping, strategic planning to assessing campus climate.
About the Division for Equity and Inclusion:
The University of New Mexico established the Division for Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in 2007 to strengthen the organizational capacity in order to serve UNM’s diverse student body. DEI provides leadership for addressing institution-wide equity and inclusion and lends its support to student, staff and faculty efforts that build on the university’s diversity initiatives. DEI supports system-wide diversity initiatives to enhance student recruitment and retention, academic excellence, employee diversity and a campus climate that embraces its diversity as an asset. In addition, the Office for Equity and Inclusion is the only university entity of its kind in a very diverse state, serving a diverse student population.
"We lift up our cultural and ethnic diversity as the unique strategic advantage it is, providing the environment in which our students learn with one another to generate new knowledge that helps the world’s people leverage and celebrate the value of difference."
Strength Through Diversity has been a core value of the University of New Mexico for many years. We realize that the benefit of diversity comes from living it and incorporating its wealth into every aspect of our campus culture. It's not just about being diverse, it's about including diverse peoples, perspectives, and paradigms into the core values of what we do--and how we do it--at the University of New Mexico.
Inclusiveness and equity are critical aspects in any institution of higher education. They foster trust and allow students, faculty and staff to maximize their potential.
The University of New Mexico is dedicated to fostering a university community that provides opportunities for our students, faculty and staff to learn from each other and for that learning to extend outward into constructive participation in a diverse and globalized world. We are proud to be serving faculty, staff and student populations that exemplify a richness in diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, nationality, ability/disability, veteran status, etc. UNM is committed to creating a welcoming environment for everyone, expanding our opportunities for a constructive exchange of ideas and nurturing a culture of inclusion and respect throughout all of our campuses.
Here at the University of New Mexico, we believe that "Our Diversity is Our Strength," but we want to ensure that our goals are being supported with effective actions. To that end, we are asking our student, staff and faculty constituents to share their voices. With three targeted surveys, we are seeking your input on the inclusiveness of our campus.
Your responses will help to inform UNM Administrators and Communities about the successes of current initiatives and the needs for future endeavors.
According to numerous studies, students’ experiences on their campuses influence both learning and developmental outcomes. Faculty and staff who consider their campus climate healthy and inclusive are more likely to feel personally and professionally supported and connected to their campus. Everyone benefits from a positive, healthy and inclusive campus climate.
"From the Provost's Diversity Council, to the various ad hoc committees and task forces that have been assembled over the years, the need for an honest and accurate assessment of the climate on our campus has arisen time and time again," said Dr. Jozi De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion. "We are pleased to have an administration that supports the launching of the first campus climate survey to assess diversity, equity and inclusion perspectives on our campus.”
Upon completion of the data collection phase of the survey, comprehensive analyses of the responses will take place. The first stage of dissemination will take place during Summer 2013, followed by a comprehensive report and presentations in Fall 2014.
The results of the study will aid administration in the planning and implementation of campus-wide initiatives, strategic plans, and action items. Based on the survey findings, there will be an incorporation of strategic initiatives and action items into the University's Diversity Plan.
We invite you to contact us with questions, suggestions, and/or comments at any time. Click the HERE to access our web-based feedback form.
We are striving for a 30% return for each of the three surveys.
There are three surveys, one for each population (students, faculty, and staff). Invitiations will be sent to the @UNM.EDU email accounts of all students, faculty, and staff members of the University of New Mexico Main and Branch campuses.
All responses to the survey questions are collected anonymously and cannot be traced back to the individual. In addition, all results will be presented in the aggregate.
After you have completed the survey, you will have the opportunity to submit your name and NetID into a drawing for one of the prizes. The prize submission is taken in a completely seperate window from the survey, and cannot be connected to those responses.
The survey should take between 20-30 minutes. You will also have the opportunity to stop, save your answers, and return if you do not have the time to finish the survey in one setting.
Campus climate is a symbolic thermometer that measures the level of comfort its community members may—or may not—experience. More Specifically, campus climate refers to our campus environment—the messages, symbols, core values, beliefs, feelings, perceptions, attitudes, events, learning processes, experiences, interactions, and meanings—and whether that environment is welcoming and inclusive in nature, or hostile and alienating for its members.
Broadly speaking, traditionally underrepresented refers to those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities relative to their numbers in the national population. It also refers to those populations who have been historically excluded from full participation in U.S. society and its institutions, where the primary form of exclusion has been based upon race/color/ethnicity—including African American/Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Chicano/Latino, and American Indian. As it pertains to UNM and for the purpose of this survey, traditionally underrepresented refers to those populations who, historically,have been excluded from full participation in public U.S. colleges, universities and other educational institutions. We do, however, recognize that depending on the community they serve, some colleges and universities may consider one population underrepresented and not others.
The concept of diversity is not simply about tolerating differences; the concept of diversity involves a set of conscious behaviors which encompass mutual acceptance, respect and appreciation for qualities, knowledge and experiences that are different from your own. These differences include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, age, physical abilities/qualities, gender, gender-identification/gender expression, sexual orientation, class/socio-economic status, spiritual or religious beliefs, political beliefs, region, nationality and/or other ideologies. Additionally, diversity involves knowing how to relate to people, qualities and conditions that are different from or outside the group to which you belong. Finally, we recognized that categories of difference may be fluid rather than fixed.
Inclusive excellence refers to the processes by which we leverage diversity as our strength to enhance our understanding and connections with diverse communities, ensure the success of all of our students and advance the academic enterprise.
For additional definitions related to the content of this project, please see the Glossary provided by the Office for Equal Opportunity, at this website: http://www.unm.edu/~oeounm/glossary.htm
The Equity & Inclusion Survey will launch Friday, April 12th, 2013!
Be on the lookout for your personal invitation from "Dr. Rona Halualani" to participate. Check your @UNM.EDU email account today!
The Survey closes on Friday, August 2nd, 2013. Thank you for your participation! The Division for Equity & Inclusion looks forward to sharing the findings with you. Please stay tuned for more details about future information sessions.