SEAS Campus Climate Survey

The 2018 SEAS Climate Survey was administered in April and May of 2018 as a part of our commitment to fostering a culture of openness and inclusion, and to ensuring that all individuals have equal opportunity to benefit from, and contribute to, the mission of SEAS. The survey was designed to better understand, and to collect baseline data on how members of the community experience and view the SEAS climate. All members of the community -- undergraduate concentrators, graduate students, faculty, staff (including office, maintenance, and custodial), and postdoctoral researchers -- were invited to complete the survey. Information from the survey will inform our diversity and inclusion strategic plan and decisions related to policies, practices, and resources at SEAS. Please click here to review the Summary of Key Findings. The full report is available for your review on the Reports page.

SEAS is hosting a series of facilitated discussions throughout the fall term to discuss the climate survey results and collect feedback from the SEAS community. To register for a discussion session, please click here. If you are not able to attend a discussion session or have additional feedback you would like to provide, you can do so anonymously here.

Below are FAQs provided to the community prior to release of the climate survey.

What is campus climate?

The attitudes, behaviors, standards and practices of employees and students at an institution. Specifically, those that concern access, inclusion, and respect for individual and group needs, abilities, and potential (Rankin & Reason, 2008).

Why is SEAS launching a campus climate survey?

SEAS is committed to fostering a culture of openness and inclusion, and to ensuring that all individuals have the opportunity to benefit from, and contribute to, the mission of SEAS. A campus climate survey will provide us information to better understand, and collect baseline data on, how members of the community view the SEAS climate.

Can I withdraw from the survey after I have I started?

Participation in the survey is voluntary and every question except the first one is optional. You are free to stop your participation at any time.  

Why should I participate?

Your participation will contribute to our understanding of the experiences, perspectives, and concerns of all members of the SEAS community and to our efforts to make the school a more diverse and inclusive place for students, faculty, staff, and researchers.

Who is eligible to participate in the survey?

All members of the SEAS community -- undergraduate concentrators, graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers -- will be invited to complete the survey.

How do I access the survey?

Each member of the SEAS community will receive an email on April 17th with a link to complete the survey. The survey will be available until May 4th and can be completed on any computer. If any accommodations are needed, students can contact the SEAS Accessible Education Office (http://aeo.fas.harvard.edu/) and faculty/staff can contact SEAS Human Resources (Heidi Shea - hsea@seas.harvard.edu).  

What will the survey ask?

The survey will ask questions about your perception of the overall SEAS climate, our commitment to diversity and inclusion, intergroup interactions, experience with discrimination and harassment, feelings of belonging and flourishing, and other factors related to creating an inclusive environment.

How much time will it take to complete the survey?

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete

Who is conducting the survey?

The SEAS Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, chaired by Krzysztof Gajos (Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science) and Diane Schneeberger (Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs) is leading this effort. Members of the committee include faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral researchers.

How was the survey instrument created?

The Committee’s Assessment and Tracking subcommittee met with faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral researchers, and reviewed dozens of instruments across many institutions, to identify questions that address the specific concerns of the SEAS community.

Who will have access to the raw data?

Data analysis will be completed by five members of the Assessment and Tracking subcommittee: Katelyn Federico (SEAS Senior Institutional Research Analyst), Alexis Stokes (SEAS Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Launch Senior Manager), Krzysztof Gajos (Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science), Diane Schneeberger (Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs), and Isaac Lage (Graduate Student). The raw data will not include any identifiable information.

How will I know my responses are confidential and anonymous?

Your responses will be confidential and anonymous. You will not be asked to provide any identifiable information such as name, student number, or email. The results will be reported in aggregate form.

How will the information be used?

Information from the survey will inform our diversity and inclusion strategic plan and decisions related to policies, practices, and resources at SEAS.

Will the results be available to the SEAS community? If so, when?

A report will be available in Fall 2018 and SEAS will host a number of events to facilitate discussions of the findings.

If I have experienced harassment or discrimination, where can I go to speak with someone directly?

Students can access support services at Harvard Counseling and Mental Health Services (https://huhs.harvard.edu/services/counseling-and-mental-health) in the Smith Campus Center. Faculty and staff can access additional services with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (https://diversity.harvard.edu/) and Employee Assistance Program (https://kgaeap.personaladvantage.com/portal/landing). Individuals with a HUHS primary care physician can access Behavioral Health services at the Smith Campus Center (https://huhs.harvard.edu/services/behavioral-health).

If you would like to file a formal complaint or speak with someone directly about your experiences, we encourage you to contact the Harvard Office for Dispute Resolution at (https://odr.harvard.edu/) or the Harvard Title IX Office at (https://titleix.harvard.edu/). These offices are located at 44R Brattle St, 2nd Floor.

How can I ask questions and/or share feedback regarding this survey?

If you have any questions or concerns about the study, please contact the SEAS Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at diversity@seas.harvard.edu.  You can also contact Alexis Stokes, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, astokes@seas.harvard.edu.