Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.09
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 1.00 Elizabeth Drake
Director of Sustainability
Office of 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:

Swarthmore College is due to conduct an assessment in the next year. In previous years, departments across campus that deal with diversity, including the Women's Resource Center, Title IX House, Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Center, Interfaith Center, International Student Center put out annual reports on their programming and initiatives.

The Campus Climate Project, a report put out by consultant partners Rankin & Associates, was conducted in 2015 but remains a guiding document for comprehensive and inclusive diversity planning that will transform the institution into a model workplace. The Student Experience Visioning Study Report was performed in early 2017, and used to gauge the current student experience and envision a future experience. The overarching visions revolve around community and belonging, growth and development, and exploration and curiosity.

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:

Emerging strategies were developed and prioritized through conversations and workshops with students, faculty, staff, alumni, leadership, and the Board of Managers. They aim to address the needs of students and achieve the future vision for the student experience at Swarthmore. The strategies take several forms including spaces, services, communications, policy, and programs. They lay the groundwork for future development and planning efforts with the involvement of the Swarthmore community. In the near term, members of the community will have opportunities to refine concepts and participate in prototyping strategies on campus. In the longer term, strategies will be implemented through capital planning projects as well as service, communication, policy, and program solutions

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 reports have been published on the Swarthmore website and shared with the campus community via an email from College President Valerie Smith.

Ongoing reports/campus-wide surveys include those conducted to plan the new dining hall and community commons renovations, which also include campus-wide email updates.

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:

All information was collected by representatives from the Office of Sustainability and PSRF Fellow Jorge Lopez-Nava '23.

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