Vol. 12 No. 6 - January, 2010

Diversity Climate Survey update

In 2008, 30 percent of UMMS students and employees responded to the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office (DEOO) on-line climate survey. Additionally, more than 200 students and employees participated in 20 focus groups that included faculty, staff and students comprising several affinity groups (women, people of color and international). The climate survey and focus groups were conducted to gather and analyze employee and student perceptions of the UMass Medical School commitment to and support of diversity and to guide the organization’s future direction for inclusion. This same survey was conducted in 2004 with one new question about support for the mature worker added to the 2008 version.

In general, respondents believe that UMass Medical School is a great place to work.

They believe in the mission, the reputation and the potential of the organization for greatness.

In general, respondents believe that UMass Medical School is a great place to work. They believe in the mission, the reputation and the potential of the organization for greatness. They believe that UMMS is committed to diversity. However, respondents believe that the organization should, in general, recruit more women and people of color to all levels of the organization, and in particular, to senior faculty and leadership positions. Respondents indicated a desire to be treated civilly and with respect. They believe the organization should be aware of the issues that affect an aging workforce and believe there needs to be more communication within and among all UMMS locations. They believe that UMMS must work at becoming a more welcoming and inclusive organization and that there should be more opportunities to interact and create a sense of community.