Dear Lock Haven Community Member:
At Lock Haven University, we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness, and equal access for all students, staff, and faculty. A welcoming and inclusive campus climate is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction, and is one of the foundations of our educational model. Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is critically important.
Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, Lock Haven University will undertake a vital and relevant climate assessment. This is our chance to make a difference in the University’s future, our opportunity to make positive, lasting changes and to help create a more inclusive campus. To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, we have contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to help lead this effort. Rankin & Associates have conducted over 170 campus climate assessment projects over the last 20 years.
A team from Rankin & Associates is working with a committee of students, staff, and faculty from Lock Haven to develop and implement the assessment. The results will better enable us to both develop programs and policies that will increase inclusivity in areas which are shown to be problematic and enhance and replicate programs and policies in areas which are shown to be successfully meeting the needs of the community.
A climate project website has been developed to provide communication on the project process and results.
I hope that you will join me in supporting this important project.