The University of Chicago has a foundational commitment to the idea that a culture of free and open inquiry requires individuals of all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Realizing these values requires a campus climate that is inclusive and welcoming. Campus climate directly affects the intellectual development of students, creativity and productivity of academics, as well as the ability of staff to engage in the mission of the University. It is crucial that we cultivate a climate that is welcoming for individuals of all identities and backgrounds; that we create the conditions for attracting a wide range of talent; and that we prevent and correct incidents of bias, discrimination, and harassment, which threaten the University’s climate, intellectual mission, and the individuals within it.
The Climate Survey is one of several initiatives aimed at identifying ways the University can improve in regards to diversity and inclusion. The Provost’s Office has allocated resources to make measurable progress in creating a diverse and inclusive campus, with multiple efforts led by the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity. The Diversity Advisory Council, was formed and tasked with advising leadership on broad issues related to campus climate and making recommendations for increasing faculty diversity. The work of the DAC, along with further meetings and discussions with the campus community, will inform specific action steps and the development of a comprehensive plan for diversity and inclusion at the University.
Improving the campus climate offers an opportunity to enhance our tradition of free and open expression, enabling all members of our community to engage more fully in and contribute to the intellectual life of the University. As a community, we must work together to foster an inclusive environment that upholds these values that are intrinsic to the University of Chicago.
The Spring 2015 Climate Survey was sent to 14,752 students and had a 28% completion rate. The Spring 2016 Climate Survey was sent to 25,594 students, faculty, and staff and had a 29% completion rate.
Spring 2016 Survey
This survey examined diversity and inclusion on campus.
Faculty, postdocs, OAAs
Spring 2015 Survey
This survey examined sexual assault and misconduct on campus.
Grads - Hyde Park
Grads - Other
Related University Resources and Policies
For a complete summary of resources (including confidential resources) for members of the University community who may be experiencing discrimination or unlawful harassment, please visit the Provost’s discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct website.
Additional resources and information relating to discrimination and harassment can be found below: