Message from President Weiss

November 16, 2010

To:          The Lafayette Community

From:      Daniel H. Weiss, President

I am writing to announce that on Thursday, December 2nd and Friday, December 3rd, a series of “town meetings” will be held to present the findings of our Campus Climate Project (see schedule below). As you recall, I announced the launching of our Campus Climate Project with Rankin and Associates last year.  This study was made possible by a presidential grant through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The Climate Study Working Group worked with Rankin & Associates to create a climate survey for the Lafayette community, which was available to all members of the campus community during the spring 2010 semester.  I am pleased to inform you that we had a very good participation rate of 37%.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the survey.

Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is the vital foundation not only for the future of the College, but also for building on our strategic initiatives.  A positive climate for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators—regardless of individual identities or positions in the College—encourages individual growth and discourages expressions of discrimination and harassment.  The survey was designed to provide baseline information about where we are most successful in building a positive climate as well as where we have important work to do.  The results will be used to inform our ongoing discussions about initiatives to create positive change at the College.  The executive summary will be shared prior to the December meetings, and I encourage you to attend one of the town meeting presentations at which time Dr. Rankin will provide a full review of these results.  Dr. Rankin will present the same data at each of the town meetings so if you are unable to attend the presentation for your constituency group, I encourage you to attend either the Community Forum at noon or one of the other group meetings.

CAMPUS CLIMATE STUDY TOWN MEETINGS

Presentation of the results of our Campus Climate Study by Dr. Susan Rankin

All presentations will be held in Colton Chapel

Thursday December 2

12:15-1:00 Community Forum

Presentation for the entire community

4:00-5:30 Faculty Forum

Presentation to faculty

7:00-8:30 Student Forum

Presentation to students

Friday December 3

8:00-9:30 Staff Forum

Presentation to staff

9:30-11:00 Staff Forum

Presentation to staff

If you are unable to attend the meeting of your constituency group please feel free to attend either the Community Forum at noon or one of the other group meetings.