As the Saint Mary’s University community looks to better understand its student makeup and increase a sense of belonging for all, students on the Winona Campus are encouraged to participate in the upcoming Inclusion and Human Dignity Campus Climate Survey.

The first-of-its-kind survey will be open to students from Nov. 8-30.

“The campus climate survey is really trying to get at who we are as a university,” Leon Dixon, vice president for inclusion and human dignity, said.

Saint Mary’s is initiating the survey after a request from students and the campus community.

“I think this is a great step forward,” said Saint Mary’s junior Christa Ingabire. “It’s going to give students a voice to raise their concerns, speak their truths, and give any suggestions about how the whole campus can be improved.”

Students are asked to be as honest as possible when responding to the survey.

“We’re asking students to be brutally honest, because this is something that not only the student senate is going to use, but also the university’s administration will use it to help shape policies and other initiatives around campus,” said Elijah Williams, a Saint Mary’s senior and president of the student senate. “And having that brutal honesty, I think, will better shape those initiatives to better reflect students’ goals.”

There are several incentives for students to participate in the upcoming Inclusion and Human Dignity Campus Climate Survey. The first five students who complete the survey will receive a $50 Target gift card, while 35 students who complete the survey will be selected to receive a $10 gift card, and five students will be selected to attend lunch with Dixon.

As stated in the Declaration on the Lasallian Educational Mission, “Our educational perspective aims to build societies where peace, equity, social justice, civic participation, the raising up of common dreams, and respect for freedom and difference are possible.” As a Lasallian Catholic school, it is imperative that our students use their voices and complete the survey so we are able to build a more welcoming and inclusive campus community.

Please watch your email next week for the survey link.

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