To: The Caltech Community
From: Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics
Date: April 26, 2021
Re: Campus Climate Survey
Understanding the nature of your experience at Caltech is an essential element in the Institute's efforts to foster a more inclusive, equitable, and accessible community. To help develop that critical perspective, we will conduct a campus climate survey from May 4 to 28. I encourage all students, faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and affiliates to participate so that we may build as accurate and complete an understanding of the community's views and experiences as possible.
The climate survey seeks to illuminate what it is like to study and work on the Caltech campus. In order to ensure transparency and provide external expertise, the President's Diversity Council, chaired by Professor Bil Clemons, has engaged Rankin & Associates Consulting, LLC, to help lead this effort. In addition, the Council has constituted a Climate Survey Working Group, broadly representing campus constituencies. Chaired by Vice Provost Cindy Weinstein, Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English and Chief Diversity Officer; Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux (MS '03), assistant vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, and assessment; and Taso Dimitriadis, director of the Caltech Center for Inclusion and Diversity (acting), the working group met regularly over the past three months with Rankin & Associates to develop the survey and structure its implementation.
The survey will be administered in accord with Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols, and individual responses will be anonymous. The Climate Survey Working Group created a climate survey website to communicate further details and updates, including, when available, a report on the survey's results.
I hope that you will join me in this important effort and participate in the survey. It is part of our continuing work to build a campus environment in which the contributions of all individuals are valued and the potential of every member who joins our community is realized.