Climate Assessment to Drive Change (CADC)

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Overview. Creating a departmental and institution-wide climate and culture in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medical (STEMM) disciplines is critical for institutions to reach their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals.  Without a welcoming climate, institutions will struggle to attract and retain talented, diverse students and faculty.  The four-session SEA Change learning series Climate Assessment to Drive Change seeks to provide higher education change leaders the opportunity to expand their knowledge of how to use climate assessments to identify and resolve issues on their campus or in their departments.  The learning series will feature climate assessment experts who will guide learning sessions that focus on strategies to ensure that assessment results lead to change.


The learning series will focus on supporting institutional change efforts that seek to increase DEI in STEMM higher education. The four-part, online series seeks to increase the ability of individuals, departments, and institutions to:

      • Select an appropriate climate assessment,
      • Build the internal capacity needed for assessment results to be actionable,
      • Engage key groups in process of data-collection, analysis, and ground truthing,
      • Create action, and
      • Track results.

Audience: The learning series is designed to inform the work of the change leaders who are part of SEA Change Institutions that are applying for a SEA Change Bronze Award, which includes deep self-assessment and action planning. More broadly the learning series seeks to inform the work of the DEI focused STEMM higher education change leader community, including NSF ADVANCE and INCLUDES grantees. 


The learning series will be hosted on the SEA Change Institute. All sessions will be conducted live, online. Recordings of the sessions will be edited and made available for on demand viewing. Sessions may include pre-reads, homework, breakout discussions, surveys, or other interactive aspects. The four sessions will cover:

1.       Getting Started: Understanding campus climate and culture in DEI and STEMM education

        • Define climate, culture, and other common terminology
        • Explore key decision points in the climate assessment process
        • Learn how to lay the foundation for conducting a climate assessment
        • Discuss the importance of building trust with impacted populations and decision makers

2.       Gathering New Data: Setting goals, identifying a tool, strategies for data collection and analysis

        • Learn how to set realistic, measurable goals with a climate assessment team
        • Explore how to align your needs with the available climate assessments
        • Develop an appreciation for considering data collection and analysis strategies
        • Discuss the ethical considerations of climate assessment data collection, analysis, and actions
        • Hear how to explore campus equity through data disaggregation and benchmarking data

3.       Assessment in Action: Reflections on the impact of climate assessments implemented by SEA Change members

        • Learn how SEA Change Member Institutions have implemented climate assessments
        • Explore differences in tools, analyses, and outcomes across different institutional contexts
        • Discuss lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid

4.       Taking Action: Digging into why, identifying change strategies, and building buy-in

        • Learn how planning, data collection, and analysis impacts your ability to make change
        • Explore general change management strategies to implement
        • Discuss how to build community buy-in, specifically through visibility and engagement
        • Share challenges and strategies

Timeline: Confirmed dates for 2022

Session 1.       September 1, 3:30 - 5 PM ET
Session 2.       September 15, 3:30 - 5 PM ET
Session 3.       October 6, 3:30 - 5 PM ET
Session 4.       October 20, 3:30 - 5 PM ET


        • Sylvia Hurtado: Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA
        • Kevin Eagan: Director of the Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA
        • Ellen Stolzenberg: Assistant Director of the Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA
        • Kadian McIntosh: Assistant Dean of Assessment Evaluation & Analytics, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Arizona

Registration fee:

        • Base fee (non-SEA Change Members)…………………….. $150
        • Bulk purchase (5 or more) …………………………………….   $100
        • SEA Change Members ……………………………………………. $35
        • Partners (APLU/Sloan EP)……………………………………….. $100