Results from Campus Climate Survey
To the Hofstra Community,
A university is, by definition, a place that welcomes all points of views, all identities and all peoples and embraces the concepts of diversity and inclusion. It is equally important that we assess and evaluate our campus climate, to ensure that all members of our community feel secure and welcome, and create spaces where the community can be heard and advocate for change.
In spring 2016 I authorized the hiring of an external consultant, Rankin & Associates, with expertise in campus climate studies to lead our community through this process. I appointed Senior Vice President and Provost Gail Simmons, Vice President W. Houston Dougharty, Vice President Stephanie Bushey, and Deputy General Counsel and Equal Rights and Opportunity Officer Jennifer Mone to lead this effort. A broad committee of students, faculty and staff worked together with the consultant to develop the survey and oversee the process (the full list of committee members is below). To ensure confidentiality, the independent consultant received and reviewed the survey data and prepared the resulting report.
The results are in and I thank the entire committee for their hard work, as well as all of you who responded to the survey. It is your input that provides the basis for both our understanding of campus climate and the improvements we will seek to make.
In the report, you will find that overall, several of the measures of campus climate are better than the national average, according to the consultant. Nonetheless, there are areas in which we can make improvements that will make our community even more welcoming. Therefore I am asking Provost Simmons and VP Dougharty to study these results, to make recommendations for enhancements and to continue the important dialogue about how we make our campus and community stronger.
Stuart Rabinowitz President