Ocean Currents 8/5/20

Hello Fellow Oceanographers,

Please take a moment (or about 20 minutes actually) to fill out the voluntary and anonymous UW School of Oceanography (SoO) Culture Survey. Culture is how we describe ourselves collectively. Our School’s culture consists of the values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that we share and use on a daily basis in our work or schooling. Our culture is important because it drives decisions, actions, and ultimately the overall performance of the School. 

The culture survey will help measure how our School's collective behavior matches the overall value of being a welcoming community invested in the success of all members. Results from the survey will be used to determine changes in strategy and leadership, and to help create community goals for what we want to achieve in the coming year. Your participation will help us:

  • identify areas in which the SoO is weak and can improve,
  • create a baseline used to assess progress in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion,
  • gain an understanding of how we feel collectively about the SoO
  • gather ideas for tangible action.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. You will need your UWnetID to get started, but that information is not being recorded. Two people will have access to the raw information; Tansy Burns and a yet-undefined external consultant. The consultant will eliminate all information that might allow an individual to be identified, and then hand the raw data to the School. The School’s faculty council and DEI committees will invite the ARGO club to help us make a quick pass of the data and prepare a brief report (without interpretations). The report and the data will be released in September, and will be followed up with a town hall to discuss the survey and other recent events. The data, and resultant conversation, will be used to create a strategic plan and achieve our aspirations to become a truly inclusive and equitable community for learning, research, service, and outreach.

The survey will be updated every year, and hopefully shortened. This first one is a little long as we ask a set of questions to understand where our culture is now, in this moment.  Thank you for participating.

This survey closes on Friday August 21st.  https://bit.ly/3kitxmL


PS - thank you to the more than three dozen people who helped improve this survey. It has truly been a community effort thus far. PPS - the survey is open to all members of our community from undergads to retirees and alumni. This email went out to all undergrads, grads, postdocs, staff and faculty.

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