Chancellor's Campus Climate Committee

Goals and Progress

(last updated 3.2.2020)

The goals put forth by the initial workgroup clustered into three thematic areas described below.

  • Goal 1: Leadership Forums

    Goal 1: Leadership Forums

    The Chancellor and his senior leadership team will continue to hold open forums with students, faculty and staff at least once per semester to discuss campus climate issues. Individual open forums may be held to address timely topics of interest specific to students, faculty and staff.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • Bradley Ballou, Chief of Staff

    Original Metrics:

    • # of forums per year;
    • # of attendees;
    • surveys

    Accomplishments:

    • Two fora held 2018-2019 academic year
    • Chancellor and Provost held meetings with academic and staff departments (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).

    Recent Actions:

    • Future fora will be planned with new SGA leadership in 2019 - 2020 academic year.

     

  • Goal 2: Faculty Learning

    Goal 2: Faculty Learning

    Improve in-class/out-of-class interactions by incentivizing learning opportunities, promoting culturally relevant mentoring, improving classroom management (focus on difficult/uncivil classroom interactions) and expediting relevant curriculum development.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • John Scherer, General Counsel

    Original Metrics:

    • # of attendees;
    • evaluative feedback

    Accomplishments:

    • Crucial Conversations® Training in 2018
    • Coordinated content with the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) for New Faculty Orientation in 2018

    Recent Actions:

    • Working with the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) continuing success in collaboration with UNCG for inclusive classroom workshops.
    • SGA is working on a documentary of student experiences at UNCW that addresses difficult classroom interactions.
  • Goal 3: Employee Learning

    Goal 3: Employee Learning

    Showcase learning opportunities to promote more participation in cultural arts and/or cultural competency programming. Begin as a part of onboarding and provide ongoing development that could be tracked via full-cycle performance appraisal. Promote participation in service learning.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • Kent Guion, Chief Diversity Officer

    Original Metrics:

    • # of attendees;
    • level of proficiency;
    • ongoing development

    Accomplishments:

    • Human Resources and Cultural Arts initiated “Vouchers” tracking participation in Fall 2018.
    • Crucial Conversations® Training held in 2018.

    Recent Actions:

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    • Reviewing and updating Full Cycle EHRA Institutional Goals, developmental goals examples and individual goals language to include cultural exposures and D and I associated events.
    • John Scherer planning campus wide roll out of NC System Free Speech Training
    • Crucial Conversations® Training continuing
  • Goal 4: Student Learning

    Goal 4: Student Learning

    Develop learning modules to address campus climate as part of orientation and linked to UNI courses. The content could include the Seahawk Respect Compact, implicit bias awareness, definitions of free speech/expression and overview of available campus resources (ODOS and HR, Campus Police, OIDI). A potential tactic may be engaging Seahawk Links in train-the-trainer experiences to provide content to UNI class.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • Kent Guion, Chief Diversity Officer

    Original Metrics:

    • # of exposures to learning modules

    Accomplishments:

    • UNI Course on Free Speech started Fall 2018
    • Began tracking in UNI classes (Transfer seminar UNI 201) in 2018
    • Wilmington on Fire (3 screenings Spring semester) in 2018
    • Created Synergy readings for UNI courses in 2018
    • SGA and Student Ambassadors launched DIVE IN (Diversity, Inclusivity, Validity, Expression, Impact, Non-Judgement) week in spring 2019.

    Recent Actions:

    • Peer learning content is in progress.
    • Collaborating with UNI coordinators to expand student learning with common reading that focuses on campus climate topics. Also to be incorporated are a composed list of “Reflective Questions” that have been used in similar initiatives and a Free Speech lesson plan.
    • Voice of Inclusion class is in progress.
    • UNI Course on Free Speech entering second year
  • Goal 5: Student Outreach & Success

    Goal 5: Student Outreach & Success

    Assess existing recruitment, completion, attainment and support strategies for increased outreach to diverse and/or underrepresented prospective students including rural and/or those who are low income.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • Rich Ogle, Academic Affairs Senior Associate Provost

    Original Metrics:

    • Increase representation of rural, low income and underrepresented minorities in the student body

    Accomplishments:

    • System Office progress report shows UNCW meeting/exceeding all goals.
      • Feedback from system office:
        • There’s an increase in numbers for rural and lower ses county students in terms of recruitment. Goal has already been met.
        • Diversity and inclusion numbers have improved for incoming freshman class and transfers. The number of applications has increased.
        • Diversity up 1.5% for FY and 3% for TRN.
    • Pitt CC advisor position in place.

    Recent Actions:

            Closely working with recruiters in Charlotte and Raleigh at high schools with high student diversity

  • Goal 6: Funding for Under-Represented Students

    Goal 6. Funding for Under-Represented Students

    Identify new and existing funding sources for scholarships to attract rural, low income and underrepresented minority students.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • Rich Ogle, Academic Affairs Senior Associate Provost

    Original Metrics:

    • Increased # of scholarships for rural, low-income and underrepresented minority students.

    Accomplishments:

    • Developed merit scholarship process focusing on diverse students
    • Received $250K for retention scholarships
    • New diversity scholarship endowed

    Recent Actions:

    • Gathered students interested in serving on the Funding for Under-represented Students subcommittee.
  • Goal 7: Search Process Enhancements

    Goal 7. Search Process Enhancements

    Implement faculty and staff search committee model using “equity advisors” for recruiting. Faculty and Staff can be trained to serve in this role and potentially receive service credit.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • Liz Grimes, Associate Vice Chancellor Human Resources
    • John Scherer, General Counsel

    Original Metrics:

    • # of search advisors
    • Increased diversity of faculty/staff population

    Accomplishments:

    • Pilot Advisor - started in March 18.
    • Next pilot planned for Spring 2019.
    Recent Actions:
    • Dr. Chris Finelli will serve as the first pilot advisor in another CAS department (not his own).
    • Diversity Fellows are joining.
    • Revamping search committee training process is underway.
    • Reorganized from Search Advisors to Search Process Enhancements
    • Bias education incorporated into Inclusive Hiring Process.
    • Constructing Inclusive Hiring Process pilot process beginning Fall 2019 
  • Goal 8: Classroom Inclusiveness

    Goal 8: Classroom Inclusiveness

    Explore the feasibility of developing standardized question(s) as part of the existing IDEA instrument for student faculty evaluations that will measure perceptions of how appropriately and effectively faculty members manage difficult, uncivil, offensive, or disrespectful interactions (faculty/student, student/student, student/faculty) in the classroom. Once collected, this data could be evaluated with additional material by department chairs. Ensure there are adequate training and development opportunities for faculty to effectively manage these types of classroom interactions.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • Rich Ogle, Academic Affairs Senior Associate Provost

    Original Metrics:

    • # of new surveys;
    • improvement over time.

    Accomplishments:

    • Working with CTE on inclusive classroom initiative.
    • National Student Engagement Survey review for Spring 2019.
    • Reorganized from Classroom Accountability

    Recent Actions:

    • Kim Cook and Lori Messinger are using the white ally toolkit in the Racial Justice Leadership Council. 21 faculty members have attended meetings so far.
    • Faculty Seminars are being held for Higher Education Teaching for International Faculty. 18 faculty members have participated.
    • Developing training to instruct on IDEA Administration
  • Goal 9: Seahawk Respect Compact

    Goal 9: Seahawk Respect Compact

    Make the Seahawk Respect Compact “come alive.” Plan and implement a renewed “reaffirmation” of the current Seahawk Respect Compact through a potential campus-wide event with the current signatories (faculty, staff, student and alumni leadership). This activity could potentially grow into a week of events focused on free speech, civility and related topics.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • John Scherer, General Counsel

    Original Metrics:

    • # of attendees;
    • surveys to assess improvement.

    Accomplishments:

    • 1 st Amendment training will incorporate (SRC) and available for Fall 18 start.
    • Free Expression Week occurred in November 12-15, 2018. (n=274 students attended, 51% first year)

    Recent Actions:

    • Student Affairs is working on incorporating this in the spring and perhaps as part of DIVE IN Week.
  • Goal 10: Accessible Resources

    Goal 10: Accessible Resources

    Reexamine and assess whether various campus resources for students, faculty, or staff who are the victims of harassment or discrimination are clearly promoted, understood and easily accessible to the campus community. This effort will be tied to the possible creation of a mobile app for the university. Enhance and create robust points of accessibility to resources to help prevent discrimination and harassment.

    Subcommittee Lead(s):

    • Brian Victor, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

    Original Metrics:

    • Evaluation of availability;
    • accessibility and usage of resources through surveys.

    Accomplishments:

    • Website ease of use focus group conducted in January 18.
    • Title IX page updated in Summer 18.
    • Mobile safety app funding has been allocated and implementation is being evaluated by ITAC.

    Recent Actions:

    • Discussing SGA distributing information via their newsletter when the LIVE Safe app is ready to launch.

    • Finalizing a plan to use the LiveSafe app which would include the possibility for emergency notification, safe walk, mapping, broadcast messaging, crowdsourced safety intelligence, discrimination reporting, real-time safety check with dispatch, etc.

    • LiveSafe safety App implementation meeting underway.
    • Reviewing critical webpages for ease of use