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From the Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2024

SUNY DEI Campus Climate Survey: April 1-22

At Buffalo State University, we seek to provide a welcoming and inclusive working environment where all employees can be fully engaged, feel safe and respected, and are able to thrive; therefore, it is important that we assess our campus climate.

Viewfinder Campus Climate Surveys LLC will administer a SUNY DEI Campus Climate Survey for students and employees at Buffalo State University from April 1 through April 22. You will be receiving an invitation email to participate. The survey will be administered online and will be made accessible for those who need accommodation. Your participation in the survey is voluntary. It will take about 15 minutes to complete.

As we continue to grow, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has become an increasingly integral focal point for Buffalo State University. As part of our ongoing DEI efforts, the climate survey will help us take stock of our successes to build on them, while allowing us to learn where we may need to do more work to strengthen our ongoing policies, practices, and initiatives. We value your voice, and we would love to have you share your experiences and perceptions of the current campus climate with us.

As you may already know, our past campus climate survey was conducted in collaboration with Modern Think; however, several factors have prompted a change in our strategy. First, Modern Think revised its survey tool following the pandemic, which would prevent us from gaining a clear comparison of our pre- and post-survey results, as we had initially anticipated when we first administered the survey a few years ago. Second, the financial burden associated with continuing our partnership with Modern Think was significant. In light of these considerations, we have decided to transition to Viewfinder Campus Climate Surveys LLC, a vendor now under contract with SUNY. This transition allows Buffalo State to use its services without incurring any additional costs to our institution.

The survey results will be used to identify strengths and opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. All employees are strongly encouraged to complete the survey, which will be online April 1–22. Additionally, we are asking you to support this effort by encouraging Buffalo State University students to participate in the student survey. Capturing the voices of all members of our campus community will allow us to reflect on our current practices, both inside and outside the classroom, and make necessary changes to improve everyone’s experience on our campus.

To ensure that your responses remain confidential, no personal identifying information will be collected from you. You will be receiving an email directly from Viewfinder Campus Climate Surveys LLC inviting you to participate in the survey.

Thank you for supporting this important effort to advance our DEI goals at Buffalo State University. If you have any questions, please contact me, Lisa Morrison-Fronckowiak, interim chief diversity officer. Thank you.

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