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The University of Toledo is asking faculty, staff and students to participate in an important survey to gather information about the climate on campus.

The confidential, voluntary surveys are released every two years. One survey is for students and the other for faculty and staff.

Gift cards, certificates and discounts will be part of prize drawings for those who participate.

The instruments address several issues, including perception of acceptance, diversity-related services, courses, programs and/or organizations, attitudes and feelings toward others, discrimination and harassment, satisfaction, and awareness.

The surveys are created by the Office of Institutional Research, led by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement, and supported by the UT Culture Ambassadors.

“The campus climate surveys are critical for understanding the culture and environment of the institution,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, UT chief diversity officer and associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement.

“Equally important is that the responses determine the initiatives and programs needed for campus, and the Culture Ambassadors and task forces work hard to create or support them,” Gore said. “There are more than 34 initiatives since we first launched in 2010, and a number of departments and individuals work with us to get the work done.”

Some of those results from the survey responses included the creation of a safety campaign, research to support mentoring for women in STEMM, support for Safe Places and alert lockdown inform counter evacuate training, and the creation of the diversity certificate program. More recently, from the focus groups, there was support for the transitions into leadership certificate for faculty in the University Teaching Center.

The survey will be online through Friday, May 2.

Students, faculty and staff will receive an invitation to take the survey via email with the access link.

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