Community and Culture Assessment

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Take the survey

From September 19–October 20, 2023, RISD’s Community and Culture engagement survey is open for all RISD students, staff and faculty to complete and submit. The survey is anonymous and takes about 20 minutes to complete. It must be completed in one sitting. The survey software is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

After completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter to win one of more than 70 prizes, including gift cards, RISD Bucks and social experiences. 

Take the survey


Paper copies of the survey are available at Public Safety (30 Waterman Street) from Sep 25–Oct 20. These copies are printed in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin. You will also receive a stamped, self-addressed envelope for sending your completed survey directly to Rankin Climate. Computers, paper copies and translations in additional select languages will be provided as needed.

Current response rates (as of Sep 29, 2023)

All students (undergraduate and graduate)


All faculty (full- and part-time)


All staff (full- and part-time)


About the climate assessment

When President Williams arrived here in April 2022, she made it a priority to learn how the people who make up our campus community experience RISD. Listening sessions and informal conversations have provided a broad sense so far, but to ensure this is a place where everyone thrives, we need nuanced, sophisticated data to better understand the aspects of living, working and learning at RISD that are going well and the areas in which we can improve.

Toward this end, we are conducting a campus-wide climate assessment. A climate assessment looks at the attitudes and behaviors of the members of a campus community as well as institutional policies and procedures. Taken together, these influence the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential.

Our climate assessment began with focus groups in spring 2023, and will be followed by an all-campus survey distributed in the fall. Information gleaned from the focus groups and the survey will allow us to accurately articulate our challenges and strengths and identify meaningful opportunities to make RISD a place where everyone thrives.

Participants’ input will inform how we go forward together, not only in how we enhance and replicate programs and policies that support our community, but also in how we develop new programs and policies and implement strategies to grow inclusivity where needed.

To help lead the 1.5-year long effort, we have partnered with Rankin Climate, LLC, which has conducted more than 250 campus climate assessment projects over the last 22 years. A working group of RISD students, staff and faculty will work with Rankin to develop and implement the assessment. The working group’s co-chairs are Tony Johnson, associate dean for student social equity and inclusion and interim assistant vice president for social equity and inclusion, and Jennifer Roberts, executive director of accreditation and institutional effectiveness.

If you have any questions about the climate assessment, please email

Understand the process

Learn what you need to know about our collaborative, community-based climate assessment initiative and how your contributions can help shape the future of RISD for years to come.

View Rankin’s introductory presentation

Available here for download, Rankin Climate’s intro to this initiative outlines their guiding principles, evaluation process and model for transforming the climate of a college campus.

The presentation lays out the stages, timeline and projected outcomes of Rankin’s work, as well as how RISD’s vision, mission and values will inform the assessment and vice versa.


See a detailed breakdown of the stages in our campus climate assessment, including milestones for RISD participation in this critical, community-wide initiative.

View the FAQ

Want to know more about the assessment? Use our FAQ for a deeper dive into the initiative, including background, useful definitions and additional info about the assessment process.

Get Support (Students)

Support resources are available to students through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Get Support (Faculty & Staff)

Support resources are available to staff and faculty through RISD’s Employee Assistance Program.