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UT campus climate survey available through May 2

The University of Toledo’s biannual climate survey is available to complete through Friday, May 2.

Students, faculty and staff received an invitation to take the survey in their UT email account April 8 from President Lloyd Jacobs. This email contains the link to the survey, which will take about 20 minutes to complete. Those with questions should contact equityanddiversity@utoledo.edu.

Led by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and supported by the UT Culture Ambassadors, the surveys are created by the Office of Institutional Research and address several issues, including perception of acceptance, diversity-related services, courses, programs, organizations, attitudes and feelings toward others, discrimination and harassment, satisfaction and awareness.

Many students, faculty and staff already have completed the survey. Those who participate may choose to be entered in a drawing for various gift cards, certificates and discounts.

“Filling out the survey was important to me because I wanted to make sure my opinion was heard,” said Melaney Goosby, a sophomore in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. Goosby won a gift card to the Oasis Restaurant and Delivery for her participation in the survey.

“I felt compelled to participate in the survey because I come into daily contact with and interact with diverse staff and students,” said John Fedor, educational specialist for UT’s TRIO Student Support Services Program, which is part of the Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success. “It is important for the University to get an accurate assessment, and the more respondents the better and more accurate the results.”

Some of the results and direct impact on UT from previous survey responses include safety awareness campaigns, an increased effort for anti-bullying initiatives, obtainment of a grant for mentoring programs for women in the STEMM areas, a review and recommendation of changes in the harassment policy, support for Safe Places training, and the creation of the diversity certificate program that is free to all UT faculty and staff.

Students, faculty and staff received an invitation via email to take the survey.

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