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Listening to the students

By Collin Atwood
catwood@springfieldcollege.edu

In the spring of 2017, Springfield College introduced its “Inclusion Strategic Plan,” which included a goal to develop and support a campus climate that values all community members.

The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement staff plans to continue efforts towards that goal by launching the Campus Inclusion Climate Survey on October 28. 

“The survey is designed to help us understand who we are and what we are from a campus perspective in terms of how we’re doing in reference to our campus diversity plan,” said Calvin Hill, the vice president of inclusion and community engagement at Springfield College.

“The goal of the survey is to help us better ourselves as a community,” Hill added. He wants to assure Springfield College continues doing things it is doing well, and improve in areas where it needs work.

It is very important for everyone at Springfield College to participate in this survey so that the community can make the proper improvements.

“We need to hear from absolutely everybody on campus… everyone’s voice matters,” Hill said. 

The participation of every student and faculty member will help better the College as a whole. 

“The only way that we’re going to be able to be the Springfield College that’s going to be around here for the next 50, 60, 70 years is to make sure that we’re addressing any concerns today,” Hill said.

The survey is open to every student and staff member at Springfield College and is submitted anonymously. There are also some incentives for filling out the survey. The first 50 students to respond will receive a coupon for a free large coffee at Starbucks in the Learning Commons.

Also, participants can opt into a drawing for some other prizes. One student and one faculty member will win a 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV. Apple Airpods, a signed Grant Hill Spalding Signature Series basketball, and Amazon gift cards can be won by students as well. The prizes will be given out at the end of the survey period on November 15. 

After Hill and his team analyze the surveys and look at the results, they will release the information in the fall of 2020.

“We want to wait and see what those results are and based on what those results are we want to try and implement things that helped make people feel like this is a place where they can work, play and live,” Hill said.

For more information on the Campus Inclusion Climate Survey, visit the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement tab on Springfield College’s main website. 

Photo Courtesy Springfield College Marketing & Communications

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