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Diversity Campus Climate Survey Results: A Community Conversation

Diversity Campus Climate Survey Results: A Community Conversation

March 29, 2018

Dear Loyola Community Members:

At the heart of our Jesuit mission is a commitment to creating and fostering an inclusive environment. A community where students, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, genders, identities, beliefs, and backgrounds feel safe, respected, and supported is paramount. 

Last fall, we undertook the University’s first Diversity Campus Climate Survey. Willis Towers Watson, a well-respected, globally recognized, and industry-leading social survey firm, designed and administered the survey. Willis Towers Watson conducted what is arguably the most in-depth and detailed examination of Loyola’s community to date. The survey gathered data on community members’ perceptions and experiences around such areas as inclusion, diversity, and equity. 

The Loyola community participated at an overall response rate of 23 percent, totaling 4,627 participants across all campuses. Students participated in the highest proportion, comprising 61 percent, or 2,811, of survey responses.

An overview of the survey data and results can be viewed here. General conclusions from the survey include the following:

  • Overall, students, faculty, and staff reported feeling positive about Loyola’s mission and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Students reported the highest favorability across multiple survey categories.
  • A strong majority of respondents would recommend Loyola to others.
  • A majority of respondents indicated that members of the Loyola community treat each other with dignity and respect.
  • A number of groups reported unfavorable responses in several survey categories.
  • A significant number of community members reported the opportunity for greater diversity among leadership.
  • A significant number of community members reported opportunities for improved communication about diversity issues and promoting inclusion.
  • The majority of respondents reported being aware of Loyola’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and indicated awareness that the University provides courses and programming designed to foster sharing and learning about differences.

While results reveal that overall our community holds positive regard for Loyola’s mission and commitment to diversity and inclusion, it is clear that we have several opportunities for improvement. The work ahead will require a collaborative effort among all Loyola stakeholders who will be jointly tasked to come together to analyze the data and implement strategies designed to foster improvements, enhancements, and sustainable change.

Between now and the end of the academic year, we will begin to hold a series of University-wide forums where a deeper dive into the survey results will be possible. We will continue these forums through the summer and the fall 2018 semesters. As a community, we will discuss the areas where we have fallen short and challenge ourselves to introduce innovative solutions that adequately address these issues. More information about the community forums will be forthcoming in the next two weeks.

As a Jesuit university, we are steeped in a centuries-old method of self-study and growth that relies on thought, observation, study, and dialogue. Our demonstrated history of fostering a social justice-driven culture in both the classroom and the workplace does not mean that we are perfect nor does it mean that we should ever cease our work toward fostering greater inclusion, support, and respect. To arrive at actions that improve the lives of individuals and our community as a whole, we encourage everyone’s participation. We understand that these discussions may justifiably include emotional and potentially heated dialogue. At the same time, using respectful dialogue, we anticipate that it is the goal of each member of the Loyola community to embody the Jesuit values represented in Loyola’s mission, and we expect that our communications will likewise reflect these efforts.  

We commit to being relentless in our efforts to create a more fair, just, and equitable community congruent with Loyola’s mission and values. We are confident that united in spirit, if not always in opinion, we will develop long-term, sustainable initiatives that increase diversity, support respect for differences, and deepen inclusion at Loyola. 

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President, Loyola University Chicago 

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Winifred L. Williams, PhD
Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer ‌