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From: 
Nate Thomas, Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity
Mike Rounds, Associate Vice Provost for Human Resource Management
Sent: 
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
To: 
KU Lawrence All Staff, Faculty and Affiliates
All KU Lawrence and Edwards Students

Dear KU Community member,

At the University of Kansas we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness, and equal access for all students, staff, and faculty. A welcoming and inclusive campus climate is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, demonstrated by a pattern of civil interaction, and is one of the foundations of our educational model. Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is critically important.

We invite you to participate in a process of evaluating the living, learning and working climate at KU. While plans for assessing the climate across the KU campuses have been underway for a year, recent local and national events have affirmed the value of self-assessment. This is our chance to make a difference in KU’s future. It is an opportunity to make positive, lasting changes and to help create a more inclusive campus.

All of KU’s campuses — Lawrence, the KU Medical Center Campuses in Kansas City, Wichita and Salina, and the Edwards Campus — will be involved in this assessment. To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, KU has contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to help lead this effort. Rankin & Associates have conducted over 170 campus climate assessment projects in the last 20 years.

The climate study is a comprehensive process that includes phases of getting feedback, analyzing, and responding. The next stage begins this semester when a team from Rankin & Associates visits our campuses to meet with small groups of faculty, staff, and students.These conversations will inform the next step in the process where everyone at KU will have the opportunity participate in a large-scale survey. Using the findings, we will collaborate to address issues, develop programs and evaluate policies.

A climate study website is in development to provide ongoing updates about the project process and results. We will forward this site link and additional information about the project when it is available.

We hope that you will join us in this important project.

Sincerely,

Nate Thomas, Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity, and
Mike Rounds, Associate Vice Provost for Human Resource Management

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