periodically administers institutional climate surveys to assess the
climate for racial/ethnic minorities and gay and lesbian members of our
community. Surveys have been conducted in 2005, 2007, and 2008, and 2009. The most recent campus climate surveys completed by Dr. Mary Senter, CMU faculty, was completed in June, 2015. Following are some important survey
findings you need to know:
- The vast majority of CMU students in 2007, 2010, and 2015 recognize the value of diversity in higher education, and signifigant numbers support an enhanced administrative commitment to diversity. (Senter, 2015, p 32.)
- Students of color at CMU have more varied and intimate contact
with ethnically and racially diverse people than their white peers
(Senter et al., 2007, p. 68).
- 61% of students of color at CMU have heard negative comments about a racial or ethnic group from other students on campus (Senter, 2015, p 19).
- Central Michigan University provides students with multiple opportunities - both within the classroom and outside- to learn about racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity, although a large majority of CMU students do not take advantage of these opportunities. (Senter, 2015, p 33).
- CMU students do report attitudes and experiences that reflect a negative climate for diversity. (Senter, 2015, p 34.)
- More than half of minority employees do not believe that CMU
employees support and promote diversity and do not believe that there
are many opportunities for minorities to advance at CMU (Senter, 2008,
- Key findings from a Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual (GLB) 2005 focus
group study indicated that GLB students reported the most negative
experiences occurring in the residence halls (Humiston, 2005).