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.

To guide actions that improve the experiences and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, the UW conducted a University-wide climate survey on the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses (including the Seattle health sciences), Oct. 8 through Nov. 8, 2019. This confidential survey offered an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share their personal experiences at the UW. Feedback from more than 19,000 respondents will help us create more equitable living, learning and working environments, as well as shape the University’s work to prevent and respond to sexual assault and misconduct.

This survey was facilitated by an external consultant, Rankin & Associates Consulting, in conjunction with a Climate Study Working Group comprising 30 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 launched
  • Nov. 8, 2019: Survey closed
  • 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