Augusta University’s (AU) Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) aims to provide strategic direction and guidance to the university community as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. ODI’s goal is to increase AU’s recognition and understanding regarding the importance of inclusive excellence. Inclusive excellence is an appreciation that as an institution, our success is dependent on our ability to effectively embrace and engage all students, staff, faculty, administrators and the broader Augusta community regardless of background, experiences or contextual circumstances.
As a first step of DEI strategic planning, in fall 2020, ODI collected data through a campus climate survey. The purpose of the survey was to learn more about the perceptions, beliefs and experiences of students, faculty and staff in relation to the overall AU campus environment. Findings from this survey, in combination with other assessments of inclusion at AU (diversity audit; interviews with faculty, staff and students), serve as a foundation for strategic planning efforts.