The Psychology department released the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and General Climate survey survey on Monday, May 3 for members of the department. The survey is confidential and open to everyone within the department, including all faculty, staff and students.

According to the survey description, “Responses will be used to assess the general climate of our department, with a particular focus on how you feel the department, faculty and students respond to diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.” With the help of the survey results, the hope is to improve measures regarding diversity, equity and inclusion within the Psychology department.

“This survey offers an opportunity for the department to learn about how people are treated and experience their identities within the community in order to improve and support them with concrete and structural strategies,” the description reads.

The survey will close on June 1 and the results will be evaluated by a new Psychology Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee to be appointed over the summer. The current committee members for spring 2021 are faculty members Dr. Donald Katz and Dr. Ellen Wright, staff member Sarah Lupis, graduate students Diane Rohrer and Mercedes Villalonga ’24 and undergraduate student Mariah Lewis ’22.

The new Psychology DEI Committee will “aggregate the de-identified data and generate a summary report” that will be distributed to the entire department at the start of the fall semester.