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About the UW Climate Survey

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.

Current UW students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) at all three campuses were invited to participate in the survey, as were faculty and staff of UW schools, colleges and administrative units.

By filling out this confidential survey, respondents had the opportunity to share personal experiences and offer suggestions for change. Each person’s feedback will be used to create more inclusive and equitable living, learning and working environments. The survey also will shape our work to prevent and respond to sexual assault and misconduct.

In 2019, the 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.

The goals of the survey were to:

  • Identify existing successful initiatives and experiences
  • Identify challenges facing members of our campus communities
  • Develop actions to build on successes and address challenges

Both the 2017-2021 Diversity Blueprint and Race & Equity Initiative identified a climate survey as a priority to help us confront individual and institutional racism, as well as to inform the work that will make our campuses more inclusive overall. The survey also included questions related to sexual assault, harassment and misconduct. Freedom from sexual discrimination is an essential component to a welcoming and inclusive environment.

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.

Rankin & Associates Consulting describes university climate as “the current attitudes, behaviors, standards and practices of employees and students of an institution.” The climate is often shaped through personal experiences, perceptions and institutional efforts.

Learn more about the university climate survey process on our FAQs page.