What is Campus Climate?
Susan Rankin, Pennsylvania State University professor and the lead consultant the UC-systemwide Campus Climate Study Team, defines campus climate as "the current attitudes, behaviors and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential."
In March 2014, the UC Office of the President released the results of the UC-systemwide Campus Climate survey. Chancellor Dirks immediately announced a series of initial steps and decisions in support of our goals and aspirations regarding campus climate at Berkeley (http://diversity.berkeley.edu/message-chancellor-dirks). He subsequently awarded funding through the campus budget process to the Division of Equity & Inclusion to support and implement new projects and ideas.
As a result, the Campus Climate Initiative is the direct response to UC Berkeley’s campus climate survey results and its mission is: to create a campus where all Berkeley students, faculty, and staff feel respected, supported, and valued.