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UMKC to Launch “Each Voice Counts” Campus Climate Survey

Data will be used to develop immediate and sustained action initiatives in areas of diversity, inclusion and equity

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will launch a comprehensive survey of the entire campus community on Oct. 4, designed to gauge how all members of the community experience the current campus climate via an assessment of Learning, Living and Working at UMKC.

The goals of the survey, dubbed “Each Voice Counts,” are multifold: 1) to better understand the current campus climate for working and learning at UMKC; 2) uncover any challenges facing members of our campus community; and 3) to utilize climate survey data to make improvements that will strengthen the campus environment for all.

“We have made a commitment to improving the campus climate at UMKC, particularly in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity,” said Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “We will use the survey data to guide development of immediate and sustained action initiatives to be implemented university-wide.

“I cannot urge strongly enough my hope that every student, faculty member and staff member at UMKC participate in this survey,” Morton added. “Each voice counts, and we need to hear every voice.”

On Tuesday Oct. 4, the survey will be open and available at http://info.umkc.edu/climate/. More information, including Frequently Asked Questions and a Spanish-language information page, also may be found at that link.

A direct link to the online survey also will be emailed to every individual with a umkc.edu email address.  Participants can choose to enter their names for prize drawings; prizes include book and housing scholarships, parking passes, event tickets and Visa gift cards valued at up to $500. A complete list of prizes is available at http://info.umkc.edu/climate/prizes/.

Because the survey is confidential and hosted on an external site outside the university, it must be completed in one sitting. Anyone may fill out a paper version of the survey by contacting the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. For students with registered disabilities, OSSD employees may provide additional accommodations to ensure full participation.

“While our goal is nothing less than 100 percent participation in the survey by students, faculty and staff, participation is voluntary,” said Susan Wilson, Ph.D., vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion. “I want to assure everyone that all of your answers will remain confidential, and the results will be reported in group form only. You will not be identifiable as an individual.”

Wilson added that all UMKC stakeholders – students, faculty and staff – will be invited to participate in the development of the post-survey action initiatives.


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