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2023 Inclusive Climate Assessment

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In spring 2023, as part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, MCPHS is undertaking an Inclusive Climate Assessment – the first of its kind at our University. We are prioritizing this assessment to ensure we do all we can to create an inclusive and equitable Intuition.

The 2023 Inclusive Climate Assessment will help us understand how our campus culture, institutional policies and practices, and interpersonal dynamics impact us. It will also inform institutional decisions to advance equity and inclusion across MCPHS and, ultimately, for the people and communities we serve.

We are partnering with Diversity Science, a mission-driven public-benefit organization, to conduct this assessment. Diversity Science champions an evidence-based approach to equity and inclusion by translating the latest research into practical and effective tools to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations.

Your Participation Matters

The Inclusive Climate Assessment will only succeed with your participation - your insights and perspectives matter!

In fall 2022, the Diversity Science team will interview a diverse group of Community members, including Students, Faculty, Staff, Senior Academic Administrators, Faculty Senate members, President and Provost’s office representatives, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team to learn more about MCPHS.

All community members are invited to share feedback with Diversity Science using the MCPHS 2023 Inclusive Climate Assessment Feedback Form.

Please Note: Information submitted via the Inclusive Climate Assessment feedback form will go directly to Diversity Science and will not be shared with anyone at MCPHS.

On January 31, 2023, you will receive an email from Diversity Science inviting you to participate in the Inclusive Climate Assessment. The assessment is entirely voluntary and confidential. It should take around 15 minutes to complete.

We value the contributions of everyone who comes to study and work at MCPHS and recognize the importance of equity and inclusion for the people we serve and us. We want to learn more about the experiences of our students, faculty, and staff and how inclusive practices and behaviors are showing up on our campuses. The results of this assessment will guide decisions about how to advance equity and inclusion across our institution.

We have partnered with Diversity Science, a mission-driven public-benefit organization, to conduct the confidential 2023 Inclusive Climate Assessment. We decided to engage an external partner in these efforts to ensure that we live up to our values of integrity and accountability.

Diversity Science champions an evidence-based approach to equity and inclusion by translating the latest research into practical and effective tools to support diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations. For more information, please visit diversityscience.org.

We are partnering with Diversity Science to conduct this Inclusive Climate Assessment so we can:

  • Learn how inclusive and equitable MCPHS is today
  • Learn about the systemic and interpersonal factors that affect our lived experiences at our institution
  • Create a baseline for continuous institutional growth toward greater equity and inclusion

Employee and student engagement surveys are very important in telling an organization how employees and students feel. This survey will give insight into why you feel the way you do. Diversity Science will use the results to provide MCPHS-specific, actionable recommendations.

The survey will begin on January 31, 2023 and will be open for about three weeks.

It takes most people 12-15 minutes or less to complete the survey. There are places to write in your thoughts and opinions, so the amount of time it takes could be longer if you want to contribute written comments to the assessment.

Yes. We will be sharing the results with the university community.

Confidentiality and anonymity are assured in all analyses and reports. Your email address will be retained solely for the purpose of reminders. The questionnaire is hosted on a secure external server outside the MCPHS intranet and computer network.

No one at MCPHS will have access to any individual answers. When MCPHS receives the survey report, only the aggregate data is shown. No identifiers are matched to reported responses, and no disaggregated data will be presented for any subgroup with fewer than ten respondents.

Yes, you can complete the questionnaire on most mobile devices and any computer with an internet connection.

No. However, we do encourage you to complete the questionnaire at one time. You can log out and log back in as often as you need, but you must use the link in the email you received, so please save that link. If you have any trouble, email datainsights@diversityscience.org.

Yes, filling out the questionnaire is entirely voluntary. However, your experiences and opinion matter to us. We hope you participate and take this opportunity to share your perceptions and opinions about inclusion at MCPHS. Questionnaire responses are confidential, so no one will know if you participated.

Yes. You can skip any question or part of the questionnaire and just answer the questions you want. However, we will get a more complete picture of inclusion on our campuses if all recipients complete the full questionnaire. It is entirely your choice as to which questions you answer.

There will be no direct impact on your role at MCPHS. The university will use the aggregate results to create an action plan to improve the campus climate.

We collect key demographic information so that we can understand how experiences at work may differ for people from a variety of backgrounds. Aggregate results will not be shared for any subgroup with fewer than ten respondents.

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, the Office of Inclusion, and the DEI Team will assume primary responsibility for the administrative processes associated with implementing the Inclusive Climate Assessment. Students, Faculty, and Staff from across the University will serve as advisors to ensure that the planning process is representative and inclusive.

Name

Stakeholder Perspective

Riette Pranger, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness (co-chair)

Office of the Provost, Institutional Research and Assessment, DEI Team

Benita Wolff, Chief Inclusion Officer (co-chair)

Office of the President and Provost, Inclusion, DEI Team

Anna Morin, Associate Provost W/M, Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Office of the Provost, Worcester/Manchester

Stephen Kerr, Assistant Provost for International Affairs, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Office of the Provost, International Affairs, DEI Team

Jacinda Félix Haro, Dean of Students/Senior Student Affairs Officer

Office of the Provost, Student Affairs, DEI Team

Kevin Dolan, Chief Human Resources Officer

Office of the President, Human Resources, DEI Team

Richard Kaplan, Dean of Library and Learning Resources

Dean, Library and Learning Resources

Kevin Nolan, Chief of Public Safety

Public Safety

Charles Breckling, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Marketing and Communications

Bridget Hendricks, Chief of Glaucoma Service, Associate Professor of Optometry

Faculty Member, Worcester, DEI Team

Laura Uerling, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Office of the Provost, Institutional Research and Assessment

Vilosh Veeramani, Institutional Research Analyst

Office of the Provost, Institutional Research and Assessment, DEI Team

Robert Campbell, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Faculty Member, Worcester

Patrick Gordon, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Faculty Member, Boston

Michael Spooner, Dean, School of Healthcare Business and Assistant Professor

Dean

Robert DiCenzo, Dean, School of Pharmacy Boston

Dean

Ramat (Olatomiwa) Isolagbenia

Student (Worcester)

GI Eu “Gemma” Han

Student (Boston)

Samantha Cangiamila

Student (Manchester)