Lehigh Climate Surveys

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HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey

Since 2020, Lehigh has used the Higher Education Data Consortium (HEDS) Diversity & Equity Campus Climate Survey. This survey asks students, faculty, staff and administrators about their perceptions of their institution’s climate, perceptions of how their institution supports diversity and equity, and experiences with discrimination and harassment at their institution. Responses are anonymous.

The Lehigh Climate Surveys

To foster an inclusive campus community, free from harassment and discrimination, it is essential to assess the state of the University’s climate. As part of our voluntary agreement with the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Education, Lehigh launched its first climate survey in ten years in the fall of 2015.

Going above and beyond the minimum requirements of the agreement, a group of faculty members created the survey instrument, which is specific to the University’s culture and circumstances. The result is a wealth of data that not only documents the rate of experiences of bias and exclusion but also provides pathways of understanding to help the University address the causes of harmful behaviors.

Read more and see the results here.