An important institutional goal related to equity, inclusion, and diversity is a climate of inclusion, collaboration and care that appreciates and seeks diversity as a source of enrichment and strength, and is rooted in justice, civility and respect.

To realize this goal, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the President and Provost's Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity are pursuing assessment of the university climate as a key objective by establishing a mechanism and process for regularly assessing the university climate and devising strategies to realize the shared goal of a climate of inclusion.

University initiatives to assess climate include: