Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.93
Liaison Nathanael Schildbach
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Amherst
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nathanael Schildbach
Marketing Manager
University Relations
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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?:
Yes

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

In 2018, UMass Amherst held facilitated focus group sessions called Climate Conversations that engaged members of the campus (students, faculty and staff) in a discussion about how they perceive their work and school conditions and how to move the university toward its aspirational climate. The aspirational climate was identified as part of the follow up to the initial Campus Climate Survey that was completed in 2016.

During these sessions, participants provided their perspective on how to improve the climate on campus and identify the challenges that could complicate that. Participants who wanted to submit their thoughts online anonymously could also do so as an alternative to attending the focus groups.

Key topics covered in these sessions included:
* Perceptions of the inclusiveness of the campus community overall
*Experiences and interactions shaped by social identity
*Perceptions of the university’s response to unfair treatment
*Changes needed to make UMass Amherst a more welcoming and inclusive place for all


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?:
Yes

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

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

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

Results of these sessions contribute to the over all mission of reaching our aspirational goals around diversity and inclusion, and the "Building a Community of Dignity and Respect" campaign that is the strategic effort to attain these goals. (https://www.umass.edu/diversity/building-community-dignity-and-respect)


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

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

Results are available on the Campus Climate website and through an ongoing email communications campaign to the entire campus.


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

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