The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Institutional Research, Human Resources, and Student Affairs administered Pratt’s first integrated Campus Climate Survey for all students, faculty, and staff in November 2019. The survey assessed six topical areas of importance: 1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; 2. Belonging and Campus Culture; 3. Accessibility; 4. Title IX and Sexual Misconduct; 5. Safety; and 6. Bias, Discrimination and Harassment.
The 2019 Pratt Campus Climate Survey was completed by 1,452 community members and had a 19.6% total response rate. While the majority of survey respondents (45%) were full-time undergraduate students, 17% were full-time graduate students, 16% were full-time staff, 14% were part-time faculty and 4% were full-time faculty. The remaining 4% of respondents consisted of continuing education students, part-time students, and temporary and part-time staff. Out of the total respondents, 86% were affiliated with the Brooklyn campus, 12% with the Manhattan campus, and the remaining 2% with the Pfizer Building and other locations.
2019 Pratt Campus Climate Survey Highlights:
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) – Most respondents agreed they are treated with mutual respect, were confident that Pratt administration and policies advance DEI efforts, and felt like they are more knowledgeable of DEI topics as a result of their Pratt experiences. Underrepresented minority (URM) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) respondents were less positive on some DEI statements.
- Belonging and Campus Culture – A large proportion of respondents felt like they belong and are valued on campus, and that the culture is generally welcoming but could be more inclusive of all community members. URM and LGBTQ+ respondents, and International students were slightly less positive on belonging and campus culture statements.
- Accessibility – Overall respondents felt that Pratt is responsive to the needs of community members with disabilities, and most respondents with disabilities indicated their accessibility needs are met and they are provided with sufficient accommodations. Several respondents indicated that they wanted more information about on-campus resources and Pratt’s Accessibility Advisory Committee.
- Title IX and Sexual Misconduct – A majority of respondents were satisfied with Title IX policy and procedures, and felt that their complaints would be kept confidential and that they would be supported and protected from retaliation during an investigation. LGBTQ+ respondents were less positive on most Title IX statements.
- Safety – Respondents were overwhelmingly positive about feeling safe on campus, and that Pratt Administration and Public Safety Officers were actively protecting students, faculty, and staff. LGBTQ+ respondents were less positive on Safety statements.
- Bias, Discrimination, and Harassment – Most respondents felt that acts of harassment and discrimination would be taken seriously and acted upon by Pratt Administration. Asian, Black, and International students indicated that they were either likely to experience bias and discrimination, or were denied opportunities based on their identity.
While the overall results of the Campus Climate Survey were positive, the following groups indicated less satisfaction on several statements:
- Asian Community Members
- Black Community Members
- Community Members with Disabilities
- International Students
- LGBTQ+ Community Members
To address these disparities, the DEI Council will incorporate more focused strategies to support these communities in the DEI Strategic Plan goals. For any questions about the Campus Climate Survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.