Factors Affecting Campus Climate: Creating a Welcoming Environment

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As rising numbers of women and faculty with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (non-majority faculty) enter academia, there is increasing attention related to issues of campus climate. In this study, we explore the results of a university-wide survey designed to examine faculty perceptions of diversity and campus climate at a large research university in the southeast. Women and non-majority faculty indicated a less than welcoming climate than men and majority faculty. This study reveals five factors; Respect, Conflict, Diversity Engagement, Diversity Interest and Diversity Exposure that are relevant to adapting campus climate to a more welcoming environment for women and non-majority faculty. Implications to improve faculty climate are suggested.

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New Waves-Educational Research and Development Journal