Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.69
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date April 5, 2023

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Anne Laskowski
Chief of Staff & Director of Strategic Planning
President's Office
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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 Office of Equity and Inclusion develops policies and procedures; and offers programming for the campus community regarding issues of diversity and equal opportunity/affirmative action. The Office of Equity & Inclusion also oversees the university-wide equity initiatives, Accessibility Committee, ADA Committee, Title IX Core Committee and serves on the Financial Aid Working Group. All of these committees continually assess the status of concerns in their area. In addition, data from student surveys is used to identify problem areas as well as successes. A Diversity Audit survey was administered to all academic departments to determine the status of curricula, staffing and resources needed to address inequities.

In October 2022, Wesleyan conducted an employee survey in partnership with ModernThink and Human Resources to help assess how things are going and identify opportunities for improvement, including questions on 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:
A committee of faculty, staff, and an independent ombudsperson reviewed the aggregate data with partners at ModernThink and released the results in March 2023. Feedback forums in February and March 2023 provided an opportunity to report on survey results, receive feedback from the campus community, and provide a basis for actions to be taken by various campus stakeholders.

Overall, Wesleyan’s performance across many key areas—job fit, autonomy & meaningful work; faculty & staff well-being; supervisor/department chair effectiveness; and mission & pride—was positive. However, when you break down the results particularly in performance management and diversity, inclusion, and belonging by race and ethnicity, not everyone at the University feels that things are going as well as the top-level results imply. Faculty and staff of color as well as women and non-binary people report experiences that differ from the overall positive results.

Based on the survey results the President's Office, Cabinet, and the campus survey team have identified three organizational priorities:
1. diversity, inclusion, and belonging;
2. performance management; and
3. communications.
President Roth will directly oversee work on diversity, inclusion and belonging; Vice Presidents Andy Tanaka and Nicole Stanton will lead efforts in improving performance management; and Vice President Renell Wynn will direct our work in communications.

President Roth will report back to the campus community with updates as this work progresses, with an expected report in Fall 2023 on the steps upper administration is taking to make progress in these critical areas.

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 will be released in Spring 2023 through a series of forums.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Staff-specific results are available at https://wesleyan0.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/OfficeofthePresident/EYrwd1j6AqhMjl8_Zvl5kqIBkUBcCqS8BrIAQk3vqfw9Vw?e=dShgd3.
Faculty-specific results are available at https://wesleyan0.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/OfficeofthePresident/EaSUm7ntpTFIgc9nwiVdwR4BdWj7i7YagwAgGIPfMntBng?e=gXcg0b

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