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Diversity Program Review Team to launch University climate survey

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Christopher Bracey, the vice provost for faculty affairs, said at a Faculty Senate meeting Friday that officials have increased salaries for some faculty whose pay was not in the same range as their colleagues.

The Diversity Program Review Team will launch a survey to collect data on GW’s diversity, equity and inclusion climate on Tuesday.

Provost Chris Bracey said the Diversity Program Review Team – a 26-member group of students, faculty and administrators who have been working since February to assess and eventually develop a set of recommendations on how to improve diversity at GW – will open the survey from Tuesday until May 20. Bracey said in an email to the GW community Monday that student, faculty and staff involvement on the diversity review is “critical” and will inform officials’ decisions on improving diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at GW.

“Since I announced the formation of the Diversity Program Review Team, the team has been focused on strategizing the work ahead, finalizing advisory councils and beginning to collect data from key university partners,” Bracey said in the email. “As a critical step in its fact-finding process, the team, in collaboration with the Office of Survey Research and Analysis, has created a climate survey to gather information about the current university climate related to diversity, equity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff.”

The survey is the third of 11 phases the review team plans to conduct. Bracey said after the survey closes in May, the survey results will be “aggregated and analyzed” before being shared with the community.

He said 15 survey participants will be randomly awarded with a $200 GWorld credit.

Bracey formed the diversity review team after he succeeded former Provost Brian Blake last June. Blake had planned an external audit of on-campus diversity before Bracey reversed the decision, announcing there would instead be an internal review last September.

“The results of the survey, supplemented with other information-gathering that will include focus groups, community forums and more, will be used to inform the diversity action plan for leadership,” Bracey said.

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