Whitman College, in its effort to nurture an inclusive, diverse and equitable learning and working environment embarked on a climate study during the 2015-16 academic year to better understand the experiences of all members of the Whitman Community.
This study was conducted by Rankin and Associates, who are an independent research organization and have done over a hundred of these kinds of studies across the country, in a variety of colleges and universities.
This work is part of the charge that the Whitman Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) council was given upon its creation in January 2015. Parallel to the Climate Study, WIDE is engaged in the creation of a Diversity Strategic Plan that will guide the college's efforts in this area. The findings of the Climate Study will be crucial to some of the climate recommendations of the Diversity Strategic Plan, as part of our intention is not only to find out what are the specific experiences of various populations on the campus, but also how we can make the climate more inclusive and equitable.
Rankin and Associates made a visit to campus in April 2015, and a team of facilitators conducted focus groups on campus in October, 2015. The survey was administered in early 2016. Rankin and Associates presented their findings in the Fall of 2016.
You can learn more about the survey process on the FAQs page.