Food, prices and campus climate – L’Oracle
The tri-annual Campus Climate Survey organized by the Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee is back, featuring awards, events, food and research student experiences on campus.
The Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee (DISC) has met in Anderson over the past few weeks to invite staff, faculty and students to participate in their campus climate survey.
The Climate Survey is administered every three years, with the latest taking place in 2018. The survey aims to collect data from the Hamline community on the campus climate for students, and what is going well or what is happening. needs to be improved. This year’s survey includes many questions about the impact of COVID-19 on the campus climate for students and the disruptions to learning over the past two years.
DISC is a committee responsible for reporting and making recommendations directly to President Miller, giving students a voice to advocate directly to the university’s highest office regarding diversity issues. This year, the committee is made up of three undergraduate representatives, one graduate student representative and one representative from the Hamline Student Undergraduate Congress.
Pearl Buabeng, a junior, is one of the student representatives on DISC and helped conduct the survey this year.
âWe have lost a lot of staff and faculty, so this survey aims to give people a voice that may not be able to express it. As an RA, I have noticed how disconnected the residents feel from campus. So get this data to support this [claim], will give us something to actually say âhey, we need to implement this policy to make sure people feel included on campus, feel safe on campus, and feel supportedâ. said Buabeng. “It’s sort of finding evidence for allegations that we already know, but we need that evidence to move forward with it.” [making recommendations]. “
This year, the Climate Survey uses incentives and events at the Anderson Center to encourage students to complete the survey. Students participate in a raffle to reward them for completing the survey, with the chance to win six different prizes. Some prizes include a $ 50 Cafe Latte gift card, Minnesota United FC football tickets, and a Hamline hockey jersey.
This year alone, DISC is using events and incentives at their table in Anderson to encourage responses. On November 9, they hosted a DJ with live music and offered free local Black Sea food to everyone who responded to the survey.
âAs a student, I’m not going to do anything that doesn’t involve food. This is why I go to a lot of things. So one thing I suggested was that we needed an incentive for people to just take the poll because it’s a long poll. 10 minutes is a long time. said Buabeng. âSo we need something that bribes people to do it. At first we were just thinking about snacks, candy or stuff like that, but Rachel Pierce, Kate Meyer and I were like we needed something a little more fancy, that’s how we got involved. Pho Pasteur and Black Sea.
Students can complete the survey and enter the grand prize draw by stopping by the DISC table in Anderson or visiting www.TinyUrl.com/HamlineClimate.
Buabeng encourages students who are passionate about campus diversity to come to future DISC events, apply for a seat on the steering committee next year, or contact her for more information on how to get involved, pbuabeng01 @ hamline.edu.