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University-wide diversity survey opens Oct. 25

The Texas Woman’s University Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council (DEI Council) is asking for university employees' help in understanding the climate of equity and inclusion at the university.

The council will distribute a diversity climate survey, which will open Monday, Oct. 25, and close Sunday, Nov. 14, to all three TWU campuses. The survey will be available in English and Spanish, and in multiple formats including hard copies and online versions that can be accessed on either cell phones or desktop computers. Flyers will be available for employees who don’t regularly use computers at work or regularly check their email. The flyers, also available in English and Spanish, will include QR codes to scan for access to the survey.

“We wanted this survey to be inclusive of everyone,” said Jason Lambert (College of Business), chair of the DEI Council. “Offering a translated version of the survey, and offering it in multiple formats, ensures that no one feels excluded and removes barriers for employees to complete the survey.

“We need to capture the attitudes and perspectives from as many employees as possible,” he added. ‘The council will use the data we collect to form recommendations to the chancellor about ways to maintain and improve TWU’s climate of inclusion across all three campuses.”

The survey asks for employees’ opinions on the university’s commitment to diversity, feelings about their workplace, their attitudes toward the university, and more.

Employees on all three campuses will receive an email with a link to the survey. Those who fill out a hard copy of the survey may return it to a designated drop-off location on their respective campus. All responses will be kept confidential.

Chancellor Carine M. Feyten formed the DEI Council in January 2021 to review TWU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and inform employees of ways to promote, develop and deliver standardized, fair, and objective diversity, equity, and inclusion practices for all employees. Lambert credits leadership support from the chancellor and Provost Carolyn Kapinus with implementing some of the council’s recommendations, such as beginning to offer recruitment and selection training to faculty search committees and staff hiring panels.

“Those ideas stemmed from feedback we received during the spring semester from employees representing various stakeholder groups,” he said. “The survey data we collect in October will help us identify more about what employees think TWU does well, and more importantly, what TWU can do better in regard to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion.”