DAC Forum Conversations

Following the release of the 2012 Campus Climate Survey findings, Puget Sound members have asked for campuswide conversations about the topics and related themes that emerged from the survey. Below is a list of forum conversations that will take place throughout the year on topics and themes that emerged in the campus climate survey findings. Each monthly forum will consist of three sessions where DAC members will present the campus climate survey findings and facilitate discussion.

Although the results of the 2012 survey indicate an improvement in awareness about difference and a decline in reported incidents of marginalization, there are still times and places where disparagement occurs. The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) invites faculty, students, and staff to join DAC in the upcoming series of meaningful conversations about the findings, intended to help us work together as a community to continually improve the campus climate at Puget Sound, throughout the 2013–14 academic year. Below you will find a brief highlight of themes that emerged for each topic, along with dates and locations for monthly sessions.

DAC Forum on Gender: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion
Four themes emerged in the gender report, including: 1) Sexual Harassment/Assault; 2) Binary Framing of Gender; 3) Balancing Work/Personal Life; and 4) Lack of Respect for Women.

Oct. 16, 10 a.m., Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center
Oct. 25, 11 a.m., Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center
Oct. 29, 3 p.m., Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center

DAC Forum on Religion: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion
Four themes emerged in the religious identity report, including: 1) devaluation of religion/religious conservatism; 2) devaluation of Christianity; 3) religious bias/intolerance; and 4) intersections of religion and GLBTQ identities.

Nov. 5, 4 p.m., Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center
Nov. 13, 10 a.m., Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
Nov. 22, noon, Trimble Forum, Trimble Hall

DAC Forum on Socioeconomic Status: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion
Four themes emerged in the Socioeconomic Status (SES) report, including: 1) classism and practices of distinction-making, distancing-proximity, and subordination; 2) alienation as social outside(r)ness/not belonging; 3) assumptions and perceptions; and 4) desire for increased representation of the SES spectrum.

Feb. 4, 2 p.m., Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
Feb. 12, 10 a.m., Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
Feb. 21, noon, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

DAC Forum on Political Beliefs: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion
Four themes emerged in the Political Beliefs report, including: 1) NOT a welcoming place for conservative individuals; 2) a call from liberal and conservative voices to cultivate respect; 3) classrooms are not always welcoming; and 4) not welcoming outside of class.

March 4, 2 p.m., Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
March 12, 10 a.m., Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
March 28, noon, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

DAC Forum on Race/Ethncity: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion
Five themes emerged in the Race and Ethnicity report, including: 1) the lack of structural diversity among students, faculty, and staff; 2) student success challenges and lagging graduation rates for underrepresented populations; 3) student expectations about exploring issues of race and ethnicity; 4) an absence of consistent/dependable engagement by students with multicultural learning; and 5) a disconnection between educational imperatives for the liberal arts and shifting national demographics.

April 8, 3 p.m., Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
April 16, 10 a.m., Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
April 25, noon, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall