A week after its launch, the Campus Climate Survey is in full swing. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a campus-wide survey in regards to Saint Mary’s current climate. (Image Courtesy of Writer).
By Isabelle Delostrinos
On September 27th, Saint Mary’s launched the Campus Climate Survey, giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to use their voice and be part of future change on campus. With diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind, Saint Mary’s is looking forward to creating a more welcoming and safe space for all members of the community. This open survey demonstrates Saint Mary’s mission to support community members with mutual understanding and respect. By taking in honest feedback and concerns, the administration is willing to learn and improve the environment and attitudes on campus.
The Campus Climate Survey has been in development since March of 2021. Saint Mary’s Climate Study Working Group has chosen to work in partnership with an external consultant, Rankin & Associates Consulting, to maximize the survey’s most valuable information. From creating the survey, analyzing the data, and forming a plan of action, Rankin & Associates Consulting will be part of the process every step of the way to ensure all possible perspectives will be accounted for, as well as to eliminate any biases or conflicts of interest.
Another benefit of an external partner is the complete confidentiality of the survey. The twenty to thirty minute survey is taken off site from Saint Mary’s associated databases and answers are sent directly to the third party partner. Because of this complete anonymity, participants are encouraged to be as honest as possible with their opinions and concerns of their place in the community. Your participation is essential to the future of life on campus. You can share feedback on things you have loved about Saint Mary’s, like the measures they have taken after the past two transformative years the world went through. Or, take this time to address the not-so-great moments and experiences you have gone through on campus. Saint Mary’s cannot improve the campus climate without your stories and experiences. This is your time to bring any issues you may have to the table. As the survey touches on sensitive and personal topics, resources are readily available for you throughout the process, such as the SMC 24/7 CARE Line.
By April of 2022, analysis of the results and data will be shared in a campus town hall meeting with Rankin & Associates. Implementation of action plans will begin the following May. All participation is valued, even from those who may no longer be on campus when plans are enforced. Everyone is encouraged to be part of the change Saint Mary’s is seeking. Once you’ve completed the survey, you have the opportunity to be entered in a weekly raffle. A link will be provided at the end of the survey, which will take you back to the Saint Mary’s website to input your email. Again, confidentiality is important and there will be no connection of your identity from the raffle entry back to the survey. Every Friday you’ll be in the running for free SMC swag, an Amazon gift card, and even an iPad.
The survey is open to all students, faculty and staff until October 29th. You can access the survey at rankinsurveys3.com/stmarys-ca/, or by scanning the QR code at the bottom of any Campus Climate Survey flyer. It can be completed on a laptop, phone, or tablet. To learn more about the survey, head to www.stmarys-ca.edu/campus-climate-survey. The mini site includes frequently asked questions, a timeline of the survey, members of the Climate Study Working Group, resources, and more. To discuss any questions, comments or concerns in person, Dr. Kathy Littles and students are available outside of Cafe Louis from 1 PM to 2:30 PM every Wednesday.
*The 24/7 CARE Line (925-878-9207) is available via phone call/text for support/resources related to sexual assault and violence during the academic year.
Melanie Moyer '22,