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Frequently Asked Questions

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Surveys


What is the purpose of the surveys?
The questionnaires are designed to measure our experiences as students, faculty, and staff, with regard to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion at Western New England University.

Who is eligible to complete a questionnaire?
All students (undergraduate and graduate), staff and faculty members are eligible.

Do I have to complete a questionnaire?
Participation in the survey is voluntary. We hope everyone will consider completing a questionnaire, because the more participation that we have, the more informative the survey results will be.

How do I get access to the questionnaire?
You will receive an introductory message in your Western New England email, and that message will contain a link to the questionnaire for your group (undergraduates, graduate students, staff, or faculty). Emails will be sent to your @wne.edu address on March 22, 2022.

Can I complete the questionnaire more than once?
No. Once you have completed the questionnaire the link will no longer be valid.

How long will it take to complete the questionnaire?
That depends on the individual, but most people can complete the survey in 15 to 18 minutes.

Can my answers be linked to my identity?
No. The questionnaires are confidential. Each member of our campus community has been assigned a unique identification code for use with the survey, but that code will be separated from our responses. The National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE), which is conducting the surveys on behalf of the University, will remove the identification numbers before analyzing the results. The identification codes serve two purposes: (1) as entries into prize drawings for those who have completed the survey, and (2) as the basis for reminders that will be emailed to those who have yet to complete a questionnaire during the survey period.

How will my survey responses be used in the JEDI Initiative?
NITE will analyze the survey responses for each group (undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty), and will report the results to the University. The survey findings will inform a series of educational programs that NITE will provide to our campus community during the 2022-2023 academic year.

What if I have other questions about the survey?
You may send questions to the chair of the JEDI Initiative Steering Committee, Curt Hamakawa, Chief of Staff to President Johnson, at curt.hamakawa@wne.edu.