Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.47
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date March 1, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Sacramento
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kristina Cullen
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management—Sustainability
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Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

The Sacramento Campus Climate Survey was administered in 2018 to administrators, faculty and staff to assess demographic representation and staff opinion of the campus. The survey was administered via the Viewfinder Campus Climate Instrument to 3,199 individuals, of whom 38% responded. The Survey's categories covered: how welcoming is Sac State, climate and diversity, religion and politics, prevalence of adverse work incidents, safety, and work experience.

Sac State also participated in the 2019 National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC). This survey was a national, web based undergraduate survey meant to discover the student's views on inclusion and racial climate on campus. This survey was given via email link and had a 21% completion rate. It discussed such topics as: Impact of external environments, mattering and affirmation, cross-racial engagement, encounters with racial stress, and racial learning and literacy.

Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of employees and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives:

The two main themes heard from the Sac State community was a need for campus-wide trainings on diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as a need to increase and build upon increasing diversity of faculty for the students that attend Sac State.
Based on the most recent assessment findings, the campus is working to improve the campus climate by addressing these five major themes:
1. Community Building
- Provide specific communities ways of connecting with one another
- Facilitate creation of connections/a sense of belonging generally and across campus
- Host events to recognize diversity and differences
- Ensuring accessible events
- Provide physical space for particular needs (e.g. all gender restrooms, lactation rooms, etc.)
- Provide opportunities to build connections with the broader Sacramento community
2. Inclusive Excellence Training
- Provide specific training to understand, address, and disrupt implicit bias within the workplace
- Develop/improve orientation programs to assist new staff and faculty in their introduction to campus culture
3. Recruitment and Retention
- Improve recruitment and retention efforts with respect to diversifying all positions – staff, faculty, and administrators – with a particular emphasis on diversity in leadership roles
- Update hiring practices and policies to increase diversity, including potentially implementing cluster hires for faculty
4. Workplace Satisfaction
- Provide professional development opportunities, employee recognition and appreciation events, and other measures to create better work environments.
- Increase the visible number of displays of gratitude and recognition
5. Inclusive Practices
- Update and revise policies and practices to ensure a meaningful commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Employ more individuals throughout the campus working on issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Provide additional facilities that meet the needs of all members of the campus community, i.e. gender neutral restrooms, lactation rooms, mothers’ rooms, etc.

Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

The results of the Campus Climate Survey are posted online for public viewing. In addition, the Campus Climate Survey Results Forum was conducted to have group discussion about the results as well as to answers any questions pertaining to the survey.

Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary (upload):

Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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