The recently completed Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Survey, which ran from April 4 through May 6, yielded a record number of respondents. A total of 1,551 students and 1,160 faculty and staff completed the survey, a 72 percent increase in participation over 2019, the first year of the IDEA Survey was administered. In 2019, 910 students and 666 faculty and staff completed the survey.
Participants were asked about their experiences with interpersonal, academic and professional interactions at NIU and their opinions on attitudes, behaviors and standards in the university community. Monique Bernoudy, Assistant Vice President in the Division of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, said a team effort led to the significant increase in participation this year, including the work of the IDEA Survey Task Force.
The team was comprised of students, faculty and staff and included Leah Botello, Stephanie Brown, Devlin Collins, Mary Lynn Henningsen, Rose Henton, Bill Hodson, Mary Lynn Henningsen, Amanda Littauer, Andy Pemberton, Anitha Saravanan, Ana Velazquez, Patty Wallace, and Jennifer Withers. The task force set two aggressive goals for participation: a primary goal of 2,000 completed surveys and a secondary goal of 2,500, both of which were exceeded.
“We appreciate the employees and students who took time to fill out the survey,” she says. From the task force that helped develop and revise the survey, to the Institutional Communications team that helped promote it, the DoIT staff that help us administer the survey, ambassadors who promoted it, and the team that staffed tables, it was a Huskie team effort and we’re grateful for the engagement.”
Results will be tabulated and released this fall, both online and in a campus-wide listening tour where additional feedback will also be sought.