UW Climate Survey

At the University of Washington, we value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives; strive to create welcoming and respectful learning, working and living environments; and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

In fall 2019, all three UW campuses will undertake a University-wide climate survey to help us better understand how to make our campuses more welcoming and inclusive. This confidential survey will offer an opportunity for you — students, faculty and staff — to share your personal experiences related to learning, working and living at the UW. Your feedback matters and will be used to create more equitable environments for everyone, as well as shape our work to prevent and respond to sexual assault and misconduct.

This survey will be facilitated by an external consultant, Rankin & Associates Consulting, in conjunction with a Climate Study Working Group comprising 29 UW students, faculty and staff representing the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses.

What is a university climate survey?

A university climate survey is intended to examine the full range of student, faculty and staff experiences related to learning, working and living on their respective UW campuses —experiences that go to the heart of whether you feel a sense of belonging and inclusion, and whether you are able to thrive and succeed here.


  • Spring 2019: Focus groups held on the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses to identify survey topics and development
  • Spring & Summer 2019: Survey development
  • Oct. 8, 2019: Survey launches
  • Nov. 8, 2019: Survey closes
  • Spring 2020: Final results and recommendations reported by Rankin & Associates
  • Spring & Summer 2020: Action items and initiatives developed


Your questions and comments are very important to us. If you have a question that isn’t addressed in our FAQs or have feedback to share, please contact a member of the Climate Study Working Group or either of the working group co-chairs:

  • Jeanette James, Director of Strategy, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Seattle Campus
  • Jason Johnson, Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Seattle Campus