ADEI launches IDEA survey

Your ideas matter and NIU wants to hear them.

The Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has launched the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) survey, a comprehensive survey gauging the experiences and perceptions concerning the living, learning and working environment of NIU.

“Our engagement in this survey is indicative of our clear and transparent focus on providing a campus that is inclusive for all,” Monique Bernoudy, assistant vice president, Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, said. “We are hopeful the results will provide us with insight into NIU’s strengths and areas for growth.” 

The primary goal of the IDEA survey is to understand the climate and culture of the university. Participants will be asked about their direct experiences related to the quality of interpersonal, academic and professional interactions at the university as well as their opinions regarding the attitudes, behaviors and standards on campus.

The IDEA survey is open to all NIU students, faculty and staff via a web link and can also be obtained in written form by requesting a copy for departments or individuals by emailing schediderman@niu.edu or calling 815-753-1513.

“The best way for us to understand if people are feeling included — and how we can make the community a more inclusive place — is to hear from as many different people as possible,” Vernese Edghill-Walden, chief diversity officer and senior associate vice president, Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, said. “While many other surveys focus solely on students, this survey allows us to focus on the entire campus community.”

Bernoudy said the confidential survey ensures all participants anonymity which will hopefully reduce fears for those who are concerned that things like citizenship, disabilities, gender identity or position will identify them. The anonymity aspect of the survey provides an opportunity for NIU to receive candid feedback as it continues its efforts to enhance the equity and inclusion of all.  

“We hope to gain a baseline of data that will help NIU understand how members of our community engage with one another within their classrooms and their workplace,” Bernoudy said. “It will ultimately provide us with knowledge regarding what has been successful and where we need to make changes.”

In hopes of encouraging campus-wide participation, the survey is not only anonymous but it’s brief. In addition, each week, 20 people will be selected to receive $25 in Huskie Bucks as an incentive for their participation. 

“Their voices are critical to our ability to build and sustain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and diverse community that equitably supports, celebrates and grants access to all,” Bernoudy said. “Together we can be the difference we yearn to see and sustain the strength we are proud to share.”

A summary of the IDEA survey results will be released in the fall of 2019 through open meetings and the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

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