Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Neil Leary
Center for Sustainability Education
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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:

A campus climate survey of faculty and staff was administered in April and May 2019. The faculty and staff survey was created by members of the Underrepresented Faculty and Staff Subcommittee of the President’s Commission on Inclusivity. The survey tool elicited respondents’ perspectives about the overall campus climate, their personal experience regarding diversity and inclusion, the general campus environment regarding diversity and inclusion, personal sense of belonging or community, and others sense of belonging or community.

The National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climate (NACCC) will be administered to students in March 2021. The NACCC is a widely used and respected campus climate survey developed by the USC Race and Equity Center. Dickinson also plans to administer a new NACCC survey for faculty in the fall and a new NACCC survey for staff in the following year.

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:

Results from the 2019 survey were used to implement more intentional opportunities for community building and understanding across difference. For example, programming across offices was reviewed and modified where possible to open them to faculty, staff and students as a way to build community and provide opportunities for interaction and understanding. A book discussion of White Fragility was held that included faculty, staff and students meeting to have lunch and discuss the book. The approach to and curriculum for the annual Inclusivity Week were modified specifically to target faculty and staff who expressed interest in being more involved in these kinds of activities. Fitness activities sponsored by HR were opened to students.

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:

Results of the 2019 survey were to be shared and discussed in fall 2019 through a series of community focus meetings that were planned by the President’s Commission on Inclusivity (PCOI). The planned meetings were postponed till spring 2020 to enable the Commission to focus on Title IX issues that were raised by students. But the meetings had to be canceled when the campus closed in response to the COVID pandemic. Sharing of the results continued to be delayed due to pandemic and a decision was recently made to not share the results because they are considered to be out of date and because Dickinson is launching a new and fuller campus climate assessment this year, working with National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climate (NACCC). Results of the new assessments will be shared with the community.

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:

Annual reports of the President’s Commission on Inclusivity are made available to the community online: https://www.dickinson.edu/info/20050/diversity_and_inclusion/3676/president_s_commission_on_inclusivity/3

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