Climate Review

Climate Review

Welcome to the John Jay College Climate Review page!

John Jay is committed to promoting a respectful and inclusive working and learning environment where everyone can thrive. To support that goal, President Mason recently announced the start of an externally-led, campus-wide process. (See President Mason's announcement.)   The College has partnered with external experts from Working IDEAL and Redwood Enterprise to lead this campus-wide process, which President Mason has called “an essential next step in our continuing work to improve our campus climate, and, ultimately, boost student success.”

You can find important updates and information about the Climate Review Process on this page, including how John Jay community members can share feedback through conversations, focus groups, open forums, or an online comment portal.  Also included is an evolving list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), along with answers, to provide timely information throughout the Climate Review Process.  The process is expected to conclude by the end of the spring semester and the resulting recommendations will be shared with the John Jay community.

Background & Project Goals

In the fall, John Jay put out a request for proposals for a Campus Climate Review.  A team of faculty, students, and staff worked with President Mason to review the proposals, interview organizations, and select a team from Working IDEAL and Redwood Enterprise as John Jay’s partners in this work.  The goal of the Climate Review is to provide the John Jay community and leadership with a better understanding of our current culture and climate as it relates to diversity and inclusion and the prevention of harassment and sexual violence. This campus-wide process will help us better fulfill our commitment to promoting a respectful and inclusive working and learning environment where everyone can thrive.

Meet Our External Partners

Pamela Coukos and Jenny R. Yang of Working IDEAL and Rene Redwood of Redwood Enterprise will conduct the Climate Review. They specialize in diversity, inclusion, equity assessments, and workplace harassment responses and prevention.  They have experience in academic settings and bring a deep understanding of the law, data analysis, workplace practices, applied social science literature, public engagement, training, and development.

What To Expect

As part of this process, there will be a series of conversations and meetings as well as other options for members of the John Jay community to participate in the process and provide feedback. Based on the information gathered from the community, the external team will evaluate John Jay’s structure, practices, policies and culture and make recommendations as to how we can continue to improve our campus climate. This process is expected to conclude at the end of this semester.

What You Should Know -- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

In order to provide timely information throughout the Climate Review Process, we have developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers. Additional questions and answers will be included as they arise.

What is a Climate Review and why is John Jay doing this?

The goal of the Climate Review is to gain a better understanding of our current culture and climate as it relates to diversity and inclusion and the prevention of harassment and sexual violence. We want to strengthen our policies and procedures and maintain a respectful, safe and inclusive working and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.

How did this come about and why are we doing this now?

We are committed to this work.  John Jay has been working consistently over the past year and a half to strengthen and expand the channels and resources needed to address any complaints fairly and thoroughly.  But last fall, concerns and questions raised in conversations with faculty, students and staff reflected that we had more work to do to fulfill our commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus climate.  We created this transparent and inclusive process led by outside experts in response to those concerns and to help us move beyond legal requirements and further promote the respectful and inclusive environment we expect at John Jay. 

How will information be gathered? What is the process?

Working IDEAL and Redwood Enterprise will gather information through a series of conversations, focus groups, and open forums, and will provide other options for members of the John Jay community to provide feedback. They will then use that information to evaluate John Jay’s structure, practices, policies and culture and make recommendations as to how we can continue to improve our campus climate.

How can I participate?

In the coming weeks, we will post information on this site about how to share your feedback and participate in meetings and conversations conducted by our external partners.

If I choose to participate, will the information I share be made public?

Working IDEAL and Redwood Enterprise will use the data gathered through this process to identify systemic issues, assess the impact and operation of practices and procedures, and recognize overall themes, trends and collective experiences. They will provide a series of recommendations based on that analysis. Individual experiences and comments will remain confidential.

This Climate Review is not a process to report individual complaints and the Climate Review team will not be conducting any investigations of particular complaints or individual issues. Please continue to use the existing John Jay procedures for individual concerns.

What if I don’t want to participate?

We welcome and encourage your participation, but you are free not to participate or share any information.

Why did you hire a vendor from the outside?

We sought  experienced outside experts to lead  the Climate Review process so that the College could benefit from an external perspective and individuals who could bring specialized knowledge and experience in conducting these types of reviews. Working IDEAL and Redwood Enterprise specialize in diversity, inclusion, equity assessments, and workplace harassment responses and prevention.  They have experience in academic settings and bring a deep understanding of the law, data analysis, workplace practices, and applied social science literature, as well as public engagement, training, and development.

Will Working IDEAL and Redwood Enterprise have access to individual complaints that have been previously filed?

No. 

Will you make the results of the Climate Review survey results public?

Yes.  We plan to share the recommendations with members of the John Jay community.

How long will this take?

A. We expect to conclude the Climate Review process by the end of the spring semester.

 

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  • Focus Groups, Conversations, and Open Forums Schedule 
  • Option to Submit Online Feedback