On Sept. 12-13, the University of Missouri will learn the results of the Campus Climate Survey administered to students, faculty and staff in the Fall 2016. More than 10,000 people on our campus completed the survey – most of you are probably among them – I appreciate that you took the opportunity to share your campus experiences for this important research. You can find complete information about the survey process, timeline and other frequently asked questions here: http://missouri.edu/climatesurvey/campus-climate.php
When the consultant presents the report tomorrow, every member of the Mizzou family will be hearing the results for the first time – together. There is no preliminary report or opportunity to prepare statements. It will be a unique opportunity for all of us to truly hear about the experiences of other Tigers, choose how we will respond, and how we will move forward together.
The School of Health Professions is committed to improving the health and well-being of all people; to creating a health care work force as diverse as the populations we serve; to empowering faculty, staff, students and alumni to create healthier communities. Our campus is a community that fosters not only a diversity of people and cultures – but also a diversity of passions, hopes, dreams and fears. We care deeply about the effects of campus climate on every person’s ability to live, work, study, innovate, serve and thrive here.
When the survey results are shared, leadership on our campus will initiate action plans to address any issues, and to further develop and support areas of strength. SHP will support that process in every way that we can. Past climate survey results were the impetus for several campus improvements, such as the creation of a Chief Diversity Officer and the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative.
In addition, I will look at the report through the lens of specific areas of focus for SHP and our mission. SHP’s standing committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which includes faculty, staff and students, will also look at the report and make specific recommendations to me about improvements or investments that need to be made at SHP. We will continue to listen to you. The survey will give us statistical information, and some insights in to the lived experiences of some members of our family, but I want to continue to hear from you. Your experiences at Mizzou and SHP will become the legacy of our university – let’s continue to learn from one another and work to make it a legacy we can all be proud of.
I hope you’ll join me tomorrow and/or Wednesday as the consultant presents our Campus Climate Report. The Open Forums are Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 3:30-5pm and Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 12:30-2pm. Both events are Jesse Auditorium. If you’re not able to attend, you may watch the live stream of either forum here: http://missouri.edu/climatesurvey/forums.php. I look forward to learning with you and from you and continuing our efforts to make Mizzou an inclusive home for all members of our family.
Dean, School of Health Professions