What is an inclusive climate survey?
In general, a climate survey is a way of measuring individuals’ perceptions, attitudes, and interactions.
The Arizona Arts inclusive climate survey revolves around the question: “Do all groups in Arizona Arts/College of Fine Arts feel as though they belong, their contributions are valued, and they are supported?”
Why is Arizona Arts conducting an Inclusive Climate Survey?
An important step in creating equitable experiences, valuing diverse perspectives, and nurturing inclusive communities is to understand student, faculty, and staff perspectives related to their work and study at Arizona Arts and College of Fine Arts.
Your participation in the inclusive climate survey will help us:
- To better understand systemic and interpersonal factors that affect our experiences of learning and working in Arizona Arts.
- To develop an action plan to improve the environment for learning and working for all members of the Arizona Arts community.
- To provide each school and presenting unit within Arizona Arts with baseline data to focus and regularly assess our ongoing efforts toward greater equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts.
Who will be asked to provide information?
All Arizona Arts and College of Fine Arts undergraduate and graduate student majors and benefits-eligible faculty and staff (including administrators and select designated campus colleagues) are being asked to complete the survey.
Who is conducting the inclusive climate survey?
The survey will be administered by Dr. Amy Kraehe, Associate Vice President for Equity in the Arts, with assistance from an outside data analyst, Dr. Sarah Kyte, Senior Research Scientist with UA’s office of Student Success and Retention Innovation. Dr. Kyte will assist with reporting results in the aggregate and in ways that protect the privacy of individual respondents
The design of the survey was guided by a well-established framework for understanding campus climate (Hurtado, et al., 2012; McNair, et al, 2020; Milem, Chang, & Antonio, 2005), existing climate survey instruments, and input from College of Fine Arts students and members of the Arizona Art Diversity& Inclusion Committee.
Hurtado, S., Alvarez, C. L., Guillermo-Wann, C., Cuellar, M., & Arellano, L. (2012). A model for diverse learning environments: The scholarship on creating and assessing conditions for student success. In J. C. Smart & M. B. Paulsen (Eds.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 27 (pp. 41-12). Springer.
McNair, T. B., Bensimon, E. M., & Malcom-Piqueux, L. (2020). From equity talk to equity walk: Expanding practitioner knowledge for racial justice in higher education. John Wiley & Sons.
Milem, J. F., Chang, M. J., & Antonio, A. L. (2005). Making diversity work on campus: A research-based perspective (Report). Association of American Colleges and Universities.
How is this different from the typical student or employee survey?
Student and employee surveys are important opportunities to tell our organizational leaders and decision-makers how you feel. This is the first survey that focuses in depth on perceptions of equity, diversity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff at Arizona Arts.
When will the survey be conducted?
The survey will begin on February 20, 2023 and will be open for approximately three weeks.
How long does it take?
Most people take 15-20 minutes to complete the survey. There are places to write in your thoughts and opinions, so the amount of time it takes could be longer if you want to contribute written comments to the survey.
Will you be sharing the results?
Yes, the results will be shared with Arizona Arts stakeholders and the broader campus community. Survey participants will also be able to learn about the results online on the Arizona Arts website.
Are survey responses confidential?
Yes, your responses to the survey will be strictly confidential and will not be part of any academic, employment, or disciplinary record.
The survey information will be used in ways that adhere to the University of Arizona’s stringent privacy and security policies. Your personal identifiable information will be stored in secure systems accessible only to the outside data analyst, Dr. Sarah Kyte, Senior Research Scientist with the UA’s office of Student Success and Retention Innovation. De-identified data will be reported in aggregate form and will not be linked to specific individuals. We will not report any sample sizes that are less than 10 to support confidentiality. Email address will be retained solely for the purpose of reminders.
Visit the University’s Privacy website to learn more about the University’s privacy guidelines.
Can I complete the questionnaire on my mobile device (iPad/iPhone/Android/Windows Phone)?
Yes, you can complete the questionnaire on most mobile devices and any computer with an internet connection.
Do I have to complete the entire survey all at once?
The survey takes approximately 15 minutes, though you can take a break and return to complete it at any time.
Can I refuse to complete the survey questionnaire?
Yes, filling out the survey questionnaire is entirely voluntary. However, your perspectives and opinion matter to us. Your participation is an opportunity to share your perceptions of inclusion at Arizona Arts/College of Fine Arts.
Can I answer some questions and not others?
Yes, you can skip any question or part of the questionnaire and just answer the questions you want. However, we will get a more complete picture of inclusion if all recipients complete the full questionnaire.
What impact could my response to this survey have on my role at Arizona Arts?
There will be no direct impact on your role at Arizona Arts or College of Fine Arts. We will use summary reports containing de-identified aggregate results to create an action plan and measurable goals to improve the learning and working environments within Arizona Arts.
Why are you asking about my demographic information?
The inclusive climate survey aims to extend knowledge of the demographic make-up of Arizona Arts and the College of Fine Arts by utilizing categories and characteristics not currently included in the University’s student and employee databases.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.