Campus Cross-Cultural Climate Assessment
How diversity-friendly is your campus community?  Charged with the responsibility for establishing and sustaining a diversity-friendly campus environment, campus leaders like you need to be aware of and understand the reasons for cross-cultural perceptions, attitudes and behaviors within your campus community.  This information is best collected through a campus cross-cultural climate assessment comprised of:

  • Town Hall Meeting designed to expose the obstacles to affirming your multicultural campus community.  Participants are actively engaged in the unique combination of listening to testimonies, responding to movie clips depicting cross-cultural issues common to your campus.
  • Focus group meetings provide an opportunity to enlist the involvement of a diverse base of people (faculty, staff, students) in determining immediately what are the pressing cross-cultural issues to explore.
  • A 20 question online Campus Cross-Cultural Climate Survey

Here’s how it works:

  • During a conversation about your campus and issues related to cross-cultural climate, we request a list of materials for you to send us in order to help prepare for an effective on-site consultation.  We also discuss what meetings will be most helpful in understanding the current and desired state of cross-cultural climate and develop an itinerary;
  • Peter A. Vogel, author of Safe to Relate programs and services, conducts an on-site day of meetings with faculty, staff, administrators, and students;
  • Vogel produces and moderates an evening Town Hall Meeting to conclude day one.
  • On the second morning on campus, Vogel leads a discussion with campus contact that includes:

Review of data gathered from Town Hall Meeting, Survey, and Focus Groups.
Some possible preliminary recommendations for action that will have the greatest impact on attracting, serving, and retaining a culturally-diverse campus community; Additional recommendations for immediate impact; and suggested realistic goals.

  • Safe to Relate sends you– within 15 business days–a summary and proposal for a customized partnership, with specific programs and services that are right for your campus.

Schedule a live phone conversation via e-mail with Peter Vogel to start the steps above and schedule the dates!

Campus Cross-Cultural Climate Assessment Draft Itinerary
The following suggested itinerary is designed as a starting point and will vary, depending on availability of participants and the circumstances that are unique to your campus.  Please use this generic form as a guide and after discussing it with your staff, make necessary revisions and return to us no later than one week prior to the visit date.

Time Meeting
8:00 a.m. Breakfast with the campus contact
9:00 a.m. President
10:00 a.m. Vice President for Student Affairs
11:00 a.m. Focus group with Student Leaders
12:00 p.m. Lunch Meeting with Faculty Members
1:00 p.m. Focus group with Admission Staff
2:00 p.m. Lunch meeting with Athletic/Coaching Staff
3:00 p.m. Focus group with Multicultural Affairs Staff Members
4:00 p.m. Senior Multicultural Affairs Coordinator
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting
7:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting
8:00 p.m. End Town Hall Meeting
Day Two
10:00 a.m. Debrief and discussion of preliminary findings with campus contact
11:00 a.m. Depart campus

Materials and Institutional Data
The following institutional information, when available, will be reviewed prior to the campus visit to assist in understanding the campus culture, strengths, and challenges.

Please send us:

  • Campus Diversity Strategic Plan
  • University Catalog/Handbook
  • Self-Study report if fewer than five years old
  • Multicultural Enrollment data from the past three years
  • Multicultural Enrollment projections
  • Results of student satisfaction surveys
  • Multicultural Affairs Committee minutes
  • Academic, demographic, and multicultural profile of student body
  • Faculty/staff attitude surveys and reports
  • Administrative organizational charts
  • Institutional Fact book
  • Any other documents or reports that you can send to provide insights about strengths, opportunities or controversial cross-cultural issues on your campus would be helpful.