Auburn University Diversity Climate Study Steering Committee

Tim Boosinger, Chair
Allen Sutton, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Bobby Woodard, Division of Student Affairs
Brian Keeter, President's Office
Charus Campbell, Auburn Global
Cindy Singley, Office of University Recruitment
David Mines, Auburn Athletics
Jared Russell, School of Kinesiology
Johnny Green, Division of Student Affairs
Julie Huff, Office of the Provost
Linda Maxwell-Evans, Office of Human Resources
Max Zinner, Auburn Spectrum
Megan Good, Director of Academic Assessment
Melody Russell, College of Education
Miguel Trevino, Auburn Alumni
Njeri Bennett, Black Student Union

Campus Climate Study Committee Charge

In collaboration with Auburn University students, faculty, and staff, the Provost's Office charged a Steering Committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni with conducting a comprehensive study of the climate for diversity at Auburn University. The overarching goal of the study was to provide a foundation for establishing and maintaining a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that is embedded throughout the university.

Beginning in December 2016, the study measured the following aspects of Auburn's campus climate relative to the following outcomes:

  • Assess Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Approaches
    • Identify current equity, inclusion, and diversity strategies and goals across the University.
    • Gather input regarding the current culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
    • Identify equity, diversity, and inclusion barriers frequently faced by students, faculty, and staff.
    • Address strategies for strategically increasing these values across all departments and units.
  • Assess Recruitment and Retention of Students and Faculty
    • Assess the University's ability to recruit, admit and retain undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds across all academic programs.
    • Assess the University's ability to recruit, hire, and retain faculty, staff, and administrators from diverse backgrounds across all units.
  • Assess the Institution's Approach to Enhancing Cultural Competency
    • Provide an historical context for the role of inclusion, equity and diversity at Auburn.
    • Assess their role in Auburn's academic and co-curricular experience.
  • Assess Policies and Practices that Support Respect and Collegiality
    • Identify the current institutional process for reporting, responding and preventing bias-related incidents and microagressions.
    • Provide metrics for evaluating and assessing the culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion progress and status.

Phase II: Recommendations and Actionable Steps

Following careful data collection, the Steering Committee provided recommendations to the University designed to foster a stronger campus climate for inclusion, equity, and diversity. Recommendations include:

  1. Advice to the University leadership on the implementation of the Committee's recommended actions.
  2. Identification of specific concerns raised by key stakeholder groups.
  3. Strategies foe strengthening existing campus initiatives and the identification of new ones designed to advance the University's inclusion goals.
  4. Comprehensive assessment plans for the ongoing measurement of diversity and inclusion as part of the campus environment at Auburn University.