Campus Climate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Responses to SERU and gradSERU provided student data for the 2018 Campus Climate reports, which helped lay the foundation for the 2019-2021 DEI Action Plan.

Campus Climate Reports based on previous SERU surveys

Below are selected highlights from the full report on Campus Climate for Diversity from the 2016 SERU survey.

  • Campus Climate:  Findings from the 2013 and 2016 administrations show that overall students continue to rate diversity as important to the campus and themselves. When examined more specifically for Students of Color (SOC) the responses show a decrease of 7% in student perceptions of diversity and its importance to campus (80% in 2013 to 73% in 2016). During this same time period SOC populations increased their rating of diversity as being important to themselves by 7% (87% in 2013 to 95% in 2016).  Despite these findings SOC and Non-SOC students continue to rate their level of sense of belonging highly and in similar proportions to the 2013 SERU administration. 
  • Level of perceived respect on campus:  The majority of Iowa students agree that students are respected on campus regardless of religious beliefs (90%), political beliefs (85%), sexual orientation (96%), or disability (87%).  

    Sizable differences do appear when specific sub-population are examined:  70% of SOC students agreed that their ethnicity was respected compared to Non-SOC students agreed at 96% (26% Difference); 86% of female students agreed* their sex was respected compared to 97% of males (9% Difference) 
  • Student Experiences on Campus: Both SOC and Non-SOC students report experiencing very few negative or stereotypical views from faculty, instructors, staff, or administrators on campus.  Conversely both SOC and Non-SOC students reported higher levels of negative and stereotypical experiences when asked about their peers. Both groups also differed in the types and amounts of negative views they experienced. 
  • Impact on Perspective by Interaction with Peers:  When asked about where students were most likely to interact with difference the most common answer was in the classroom followed closely by general education and elective classes. The least likely place students reported interacting with students different than themselves was at campus cultural events. 

    [Read more of the 2016 Report]


Additional Climate Reports