In an effort to build and sustain a campus culture and climate supportive of women, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty (SCSWF) has begun their work to make CSU the best place for women to work, thrive, and achieve their career aspiration. Our work will be guided by the understanding that the academic climate consists of the culture, decisions, practices, policies, and behaviors that, taken together, constitute the working and learning environment within a university. We will begin our work from drawing on the concerns noted by faculty in the SCSWF Survey as well as the CSU’s 2014 Climate Survey. In the spring of 2016, we plan to conduct numerous faculty focus groups and hope that you will join in the process. We anticipate our outcomes to include revised policies, new policies, projects, initiatives, and trainings.

We will provide regular updates on our activities as well as resources and recommend that you visit our site often.

Spring 2017 Update on Campus Climate Focus Groups

The SCSWF Research Subcommittee in collaboration with an outside researcher, Dr. Nadya Fouad conducted a qualitative study, Experiences and Perceptions of Campus Climate for Women Faculty at CSU.  In 2016 a pilot study conducted by Roe Bubar and Louise Jennings revealed that the focus groups and interviews of women faculty may be likely to generate sensitive information that would best be conducted by an outside researcher to ensure confidentiality. Dr. Nadya Fouad was hired to work with our Research Subcommittee to conduct the study.  A final report from the study and preliminary recommendations will be forwarded to President Frank later this month. A Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for March 2017 where the findings from the study will be presented to our university community and community dialogue engaged.