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Climate survey results to be unveiled, discussed Feb. 12-13

Rankin and Associates, the nationally recognized consulting group that administered Lehigh’s recent climate survey, will be on campus Monday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 13 to present the results of the survey to the university community.

The University Diversity Leadership Committee (UDLC) will sponsor the series of meetings that are open to all Lehigh faculty, staff and students interested in learning more about the findings.

“Developing and participating in the survey was the last diversity initiative milestone in 2006. We ended the calendar year on a very strong note,” says Mark Ironside, Lehigh’s Executive Director of Business Services and a UDLC member who leads the climate survey initiative. “The town meetings are the first diversity initiative milestone in 2007.

“It is important because there is a certain amount of traction required for an initiative to endure. To me, this means the community needs to and I’m sure will gladly participate at the levels we saw for the survey itself. Community engagement in this phase of the project will help Lehigh think about how the results can translate into action.”

The town hall-style meetings, which will welcome questions and feedback from the various audiences, will be held at the following times:

Monday, Feb. 12
12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Town meeting—Graduate students
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Town meeting—Undergraduate students

Tuesday, Feb. 13
12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Town meeting—Staff
4:10 p.m.-6 p.m. Town meeting—Faculty

More than 40 percent of the university community took the recent campus climate survey, a response that easily exceeded Rankin and Associates’ expectation of 30%.

“The UDLC is very pleased and, in many ways, overwhelmed (by the campus’ participation rate in the climate survey),” says Ironside. “We spent a tremendous amount of time and energy preparing for the survey and weren't quite sure what to expect. There were numerous individuals and groups across the campus that decided to ‘own’ the participation rates and really spread the word. In the end, the Lehigh community made it successful.”

Locations for next month’s town hall meetings to discuss the climate survey results will be announced toward the end of January.



Story by Bill Doherty

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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