Here on campus, there are many voices, but there is only one Springfield College.

On Oct. 28, the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement staff will launch our Campus Climate Survey. The survey will seek to explore our respect of, access to, and attitudes towards, diversity and inclusion within our campus community. The results obtained from your responses will further guide our long-term efforts towards stability at Springfield College, where our commitment to diversity and inclusion will advance us forward into our ever-changing and vibrant global community.

Why a Campus Climate Survey?

In the spring of 2017, the College community launched its Inclusion Strategic Plan, Embracing the Promise of Tomorrow. Within our plan, goal four noted that we would “develop and support a campus climate that values all community members.” Data collected from this survey will allow us to evaluate our current inclusion initiatives, as well as use the data to support advancing future initiatives. Our goal is to foster an environment where all community members, regardless of gender identity or expression, class, race, ethnicity, or religion feel welcomed, included, and valued.

Campus Climate Study Planning Committee

The Campus Climate Study Planning Committee included faculty, staff, and students who after a rigorous research process of exploring various vendors, chose the Viewfinder Survey tool as its guide. The Climate Study Working Group members and administrators of Viewfinder are solely responsible for the development, implementation, and eventual interpretation of data, which will be unique to our campus. Viewfinder was created by the only trusted source for diversity and inclusion information in higher education, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Who Should Take the Campus Climate Survey?

We strongly encourage 100 percent participation of all students, staff, and faculty in this study. We believe every response counts—and is valued—as we strive to be an inclusive environment for all.

How is Respondent Confidentially Protected?

Confidentiality is critical to the success of our campus climate research. That said, while the survey cannot guarantee complete confidentiality because of the nature of multiple demographic questions, our survey will be distributed by Viewfinder via SurveyMonkey, an online survey tool. The administrators of Viewfinder will take every precaution to ensure individual confidentiality.

Participation in our survey is completely voluntary, and participants do not have to answer any question they are uncomfortable sharing (with the exception of our initial demographic data request). Once you start the survey, you can skip any other questions you consider to be uncomfortable.

Campus Climate Survey Timetable

The Campus Climate Survey will launch on Oct. 28 and will be accessible for three weeks. Data will be analyzed mid to late spring of 2020. Results of the Campus Climate Survey will be reported during the fall of 2020.

Getting Involved

To get involved and to assist us in implementing this survey, contact the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement at inclusion@springfield.edu.


The first 50 students to respond will receive a coupon for a free large coffee at Starbucks in the Learning Commons.

Survey participants may also opt into a drawing for the following incentives which will be given at the end of our survey time period:

  • 32 Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV (one for students, one for faculty/staff)
  • Apple AirPods (for students)
  • Signed Grant Hill Spalding Signature Series basketball (for students)
  • Amazon gift cards (for students)