Cultivating Community

  • What Kind of University Community Are We?: A Preliminary Report of Findings from the IUP Campus Climate Study

    Melanie Hildebrandt and Melissa Swauger, Department of Sociology,

    There have been several inflammatory and insensitive occurrences at IUP over the past 24 months, leading President Driscoll to issue a letter to the university community titled “Concern about University Climate” (Dec. 9, 2015). Well before the release of this letter, however, a campus climate study had been initiated to get a better sense of the experiences and reflections of a cross-section of the university related to equity, safety, and feeling included as part of the community. In this interactive panel, presenters will provide an update on the status and preliminary findings of the IUP Campus Climate Study, explain next steps, and invite further consideration of how to make IUP a more welcoming institution to all who come here.