The Committee met over the fall and winter quarters of 1994 to discuss the numbers of problems under the rubric of diversity, including faculty and staff retention, student recruitment, promotion, curriculum, and campus climate. The Committee determined that a survey of the campus would give us a baseline feel for issues affecting our population. The Committee felt the survey of such an emotional issue should include a large population and as wide a variety of opportunities for comment as space would allow. Our intent was to obtain statistical information and written comments that might guide the further actions of the committee, and also to get at the emotional issues around the topic of diversity.
When we undertook the task of surveying the campus, however, we did not expect such a wide range of responses, nor did we anticipate the intensity of the emotional responses evident in the materials presented in this report. These responses suggest that much needs to be done to promote a more positive campus climate.
By presenting the responses we are attempting to highlight the perceptions of community members. Perceptions of individuals seldom give a complete picture; they may reflect personal biases, political viewpoints, or isolated experiences. Nevertheless, perceptions play an important role in how we, as community members, react to our experiences and structure our own interactions with others. Some of us may be totally unaware of the negative experiences happening to others. Some of us may be highly attuned to patterns of negative experiences and desire to make the injustices known. Some of us may think others are getting advantages, whether they really are or not. The views and experiences reported here--whether of conflict, ethnic bias, reverse discrimination, or harmony--may help all of us to understand where each other is coming from.
It is hoped that discovering patterns of experiences may help us who work and study at California State University, San Bernardino, to improve our campus programs, services, and knowledge so that we can move toward a more harmonious, respectful, and positive climate on our campus and in our society.