Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of St. Thomas
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.88 / 1.00 Kha Yang
Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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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:

In 2019, the institution worked with the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) to implement a Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey with students, faculty and staff. The purpose was to understand the extent to which the campus climate supports diversity and equity, and to inform and improve support, policies, and practices related to diversity and equity, including those to prevent or respond to discrimination and harassment. Working with HEDS allows the institution to benchmark itself against other institutions around the US. In addition, the Office of Human Resources performs an annual "Pulse" survey to measure employee engagement, which includes questions about diversity, equity and inclusion.

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 average score for overall campus climate for diversity and inclusion was 3.54/5.00 (5.00 reflects the most favorable). Scores were lower for people of color compared to white, non-male compared to male, non-heterosexual compared to heterosexual. A similar trend was evident in frequency of insensitive/disparaging remarks, with fewer insensitive/disparaging remarks reported by the dominant groups. A majority of respondents reported attending events that reflect an appreciation for diverse groups of people, and having positively interacted with people who were different from the respondent. The results have informed academic and administrative departments as each unit develops their own DEI plan.

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 Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey are shared in campus-wide presentations by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and are available on the university's intranet ("One St. Thomas").

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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