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Our Promise These initial results enable us to take stock of our campus climate and point to differing experiences and perceptions across a range of social identities. It gives new urgency to our desire to improve our campus climate at a time when the environment for diversity on a national level, including on college campuses, has changed considerably. UMass Amherst, while clearly committed to diversity and inclusion, has struggled over the decades to maintain a wellarticulated and well-executed long-term diversity enhancement plan. At least three different plans have been drawn up under three different chancellors, including myself. While sporadic progress in recruitment of students and faculty from diverse backgrounds has been achieved, efforts to establish an inclusive and supportive climate for students, staff, and faculty of all backgrounds have languished. More recently, I am proud of the progress we have made in implementing the 2015 Diversity Strategic Plan. A great many new initiatives to increase the diversity of the student body and to improve inclusivity have been launched during the past two years, and we are actively tracking our progress (www.umass.edu/diversity). We must, however, do more. As one staff member said, “I believe that the work of creating a welcoming and inclusive campus starts with an intensive study of the current climate and culture that represents UMass. This survey is a good beginning, what comes next is also very important.” Our promise to you is that the survey is only the beginning. In the coming months and years, we will work together to regularly develop dialogues, resources, and methods of evaluation to create a campus climate where all members of our community can thrive. To that end, I have charged the campus leadership to review the results within their respective units closely and identify avenues for improvement. We will use these insights to revise and strengthen the Diversity Strategic Plan, developing local objectives and campus-wide strategies. In the next academic year, I am committed to funding grants to enable members of the UMass Amherst community, regardless of formal position or responsibility, to bring their creativity to the work of enhancing our campus climate. Your survey responses confirm that we share a range of perspectives, which we celebrate as a campus. “Many Voices, Our UMass” recognizes the importance of preserving the plurality of voices, valuing difference and freedom of expression, as well as the need for respect and tolerance to sustain community. Thank you for your continued commitment to this effort.

Sincerely,

Kumble R. Subbaswamy Chancellor

Campus Leadership Council Ryan Bamford Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch Julie Buehler Brian Burke Robert S. Feldman

Enku Gelaye Bryan Harvey John Kennedy Michael A. Leto Michael F. Malone

Andrew P. Mangels Katherine S. Newman Susan Pearson Christine Wilda

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Climate Survey Abridged Report  

UMass Amherst conducted a Campus Climate Survey, a web-based questionnaire that asked students, staff, and faculty about: Perceptions of th...

University of Massachusetts Amherst Climate Survey Abridged Report  

UMass Amherst conducted a Campus Climate Survey, a web-based questionnaire that asked students, staff, and faculty about: Perceptions of th...