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A MESSAGE FROM ACTING PRESIDENT GERALDINE JONES

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Posted on February 4, 2013

To: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and University friends
From: Acting President Geraldine Jones

Welcome back! As the spring semester gets under way, I encourage you to take part in an important campus-wide initiative: the Cal U Campus Climate Survey.

Within our campus community at California University we seek to create an environment characterized by equal access for all employees regardless of cultural differences, and where individuals are not just tolerated but valued. A welcoming and inclusive climate is grounded in respect, nurtured by dialogue and evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction. As part of the Campus Climate Project, we agree that the first step in creating such an environment is to assess the current climate in order to identify important issues, and then to create ways for the University to address them.
 
Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities and potential is one of the most critical initiatives that we support. It is very important for all of us that a positive climate exists that encourages attention to fairness and discourages expressions of discrimination and harassment.
 
I hope that you will take a few minutes to help us understand the current climate at Cal U. The Cal U Campus Climate Survey is designed to provide information about both positive and challenging aspects of our climate. This survey is your opportunity to describe your own personal experiences, share your observations and offer suggestions for change that might enhance the climate. The data will be used to identify strategies for addressing potential challenges and supporting positive diversity initiatives.
 
All of your answers are confidential, and all of the results will be reported in group form only.  You will not be identifiable as an individual. Your participation in this project is voluntary. This research has been reviewed and approved by the Cal U Institutional Review Board.
 
I urge you to take the 20-30 minutes needed to answer the questions by going to the University website, www.calu.edu, where you will find information and a link to the survey. It will be active beginning Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
 
Thank you in advance for your contribution to this important project.

Sincerely,

Signature of Acting President Geraldine Jones.

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