Graphic reading: Community Conversations Campus Workplace and Culture Survey

Watch the May 5 Community Conversations: Campus Workplace and Culture Survey

May 10, 2022

In the last campus Community Conversations of academic year 2021-22, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Antonio Farias and members of the Campus Workplace and Culture Survey (CWCS) Steering Committee shared about the survey’s interactive dashboard, sense-making, and next steps. Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Engagement Sarah Buller and HR consultant Joyce Joransen, who have hosted two “Making It Work: Candid Conversations to Support Employees and Supervisors in the Workplace” sessions, helped facilitate breakout room discussions to bridge survey results to psychological safety and belonging on CU Denver’s campus. 

The CWCS survey was distributed to all students, faculty, and staff last fall to help the university better understand its campus culture as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion and support efforts elaborated in CU Denver’s 2030 Strategic Plan—in particular, Goal 1: becoming the nation’s first equity-serving institution, and Goal 5: being known as a people-centered best place to work. More than 4,100 people completing the survey—including 69% of staff, 45% of faculty, 23% of graduate students, and 20% of undergraduates.  

In April, the steering committee launched an interactive data dashboard that allows individuals to explore findings and areas they are most interested in. During the May 5 interactive community conversation, steering committee members—including Senior Data Analyst Ian Whitman, Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness  
Dave Deffenbacher, and Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Paula Dickson—emphasized that the database is intended to be human-centered, provided a tutorial on how the tool works, engaged in candid discussions facilitated by Buller and Joransen on wellbeing in the workplace, and shared next steps, which include working with departments over the summer on equity action plans.  

“We don’t intend on cherry picking information and providing it to you,” Farias said to more than 80 faculty and staff. “Any type of transparency has to have you involved in this process.” 

Faculty and staff are encouraged to watch the recording for more information.