The University of Missouri–St. Louis has many guiding principles—none more important than civility, diversity and inclusion. As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, UMSL is committed to maintaining a climate where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can explore their interests, refine their talents, and flourish.
This philosophy has helped UMSL develop into a world-class teaching and research institution that reflects the community in which it exists and serves. In fact, Insights into Diversity – the nation’s oldest publication focused on inclusion in higher education – acknowledged the campus for its efforts with a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. UMSL is a three-time recipient of HEED Award.
Recognition for efforts well done is rewarding and should be a source of pride for everyone associated with UMSL. It also should serve as inspiration to strive even further.
This campus conducted a climate survey in 2012 to gauge the experiences of our students, faculty and staff. The findings of this survey resulted in numerous operational changes, including adjustments to financial aid policies, unit assessments and personnel practices.
UMSL again retained Rankin and Associates to develop and implement an online climate survey of students, faculty and staff. It was administered Oct. 4 through Nov. 6 of 2016. Survey results were shared with the campus community on Sept. 15, 2017, during a town hall forum.
The Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Council served as the local implementation team and will review the most recent survey results to determine ways in which UMSL can further enhance the campus environment.