Cultural Climate Survey

Students walking outside GU-Q building

Campus Climate Survey

In Spring 2021, GU-Q launched its first-ever cultural climate survey, inviting degree-seeking students to share their perspectives and experiences about different aspects of campus life. 

About the Survey

The survey provided students the opportunity to reflect on a range of issues—their sense of belonging, experiences involving bias, prejudice, and discrimination, campus accessibility, the classroom environment, and university resources and responsiveness. The survey was administered electronically by Georgetown’s Office of Assessment and Decision Support (OADS) in partnership with the Office of the Dean at GU-Q.  Read the Spring 2021 survey message.

Survey Results

The results contain powerful insights on where students feel a sense of belonging, and where there are areas of inclusion and equity we need to address together as a community. Results from the survey, as well as key findings and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found below. 

Institutional Actions and Resources

Fostering a culture of belonging is an ongoing imperative, and there are many aspects of the survey findings that require serious engagement. The results provide a starting point for discussion and action, and a means by which we can measure institutional actions in the future. We are committed to upholding our foundational values and doing more to ensure that all of our students feel a sense of belonging and inclusion within our community.

GU-Q Resources

Moving forward we will be building upon our available resources, such as the Racial Equity and Diversity Task Force, Student Wellness and Counseling Center, and Title IX resources, and will be developing new means of supporting this work animated by our commitment to cura personalis—care for the whole person.

Washington, DC Resources

We also benefit from the important work done to improve the cultural climate on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC, particularly faculty resources in support of inclusive pedagogy and holding difficult discussions around divisive topics.

Feedback and Suggestions

We welcome feedback and suggestions at any time in the days ahead, as we work towards improving our campus climate. Suggestions and feedback can be emailed to Additionally the Student Wellness and Counseling Center and Title IX Coordinator offer safe and secure avenues to discuss any instances of bias, discrimination, or misconduct.

More on Improving the Georgetown Campus Climate

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) website has more information about the cultural climate survey conducted on the Washington, DC, campus in Spring 2020, as well as the university’s commitments and efforts to strengthen the campus climate.

More About The Survey

The Campus Climate Survey was adapted from the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) questionnaire developed by the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE). It was customized for GU-Q by a working group formed as a result of advocacy by the GU-Q Title IX Working Group. The survey working group included representatives from the GU-Q Office of the Dean, the GU-Q Title IX Office, and the Office of Assessment and Decision Support (OADS) on Georgetown’s Washington, DC, campus.