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Campus Climate Assessment

Background & Goals

As a Catholic and Dominican liberal arts College, we strive to create and sustain a campus community that fosters mutual respect, civil discourse, and academic freedom--while constantly affirming the God-given dignity of every person.

Consistent with our Statement on Diversity and the College’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, we are dedicated to providing safe working, living, and learning environments in which each community member is valued and respected, and can optimize his or her creative human potential.   

As part of the College’s ongoing efforts to promote an enhanced understanding of, and respect for, diversity in its many forms, the Office of Institutional Diversity, with the support of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Committee for Diversity Implementation (CDI), commissioned a Campus Climate Assessment to learn how diverse members of the campus community experience Providence College.

Consisting of a series of focus groups with a cross-section of the campus community, the goals of the project were to: 1) identify successful initiatives; 2) uncover any challenges facing members of our community; and 3) develop strategic initiatives to build on the successes and address the challenges.

This project is one of several initiatives with the goal of promoting a campus climate in which all members thrive personally, professionally, and academically, and we will continue to develop mechanisms to engage and solicit constructive feedback from members of the campus community.

 
Campus Climate materials can be viewed by members of the College community while on campus using the following links

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Bias Response Protocol (BRP)

As part of the College’s on-going efforts to promote an enhanced understanding of, and respect for, diversity in its many forms, the College has established the Bias Response Protocol (BRP) as a framework to respond effectively to incidents of bias, or perceived bias. The BRP is one of several initiatives with the goal of promoting a campus climate in which all members thrive personally, professionally, and academically. 

The Bias Response Team is an appointed and trained group of students, staff, and faculty members whose charge is to assess reports of bias incidents on campus, to develop and communicate a timely and comprehensive institutional response, and to support persons and groups involved in, and affected by, an incident. The Bias Response Team, in consultation with the Executive Vice President, will consider the gravity of the incident(s), determine what, if any, information should be communicated to the campus community, relay a comprehensive response and follow-up, and suggest ways to address proactively issues of difference, diversity, civility, and respect via education and training.

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