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January 2018

As you know, Marist is committed to fostering a campus climate that is welcoming to all, grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, and characterized by civil interaction. Creating and maintaining an environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is a critically important part of the College's educational mission.

During the 2018-19 academic year, Marist will undertake a vital and relevant climate assessment. I consider this climate survey to be an investment in the College's future, an opportunity to have a positive impact and help create a more inclusive campus. To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, we have contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to help lead this effort. Rankin & Associates have conducted more than 170 campus climate assessments over the last 20 years, and their approach is based on solid academic research.

A team from Rankin & Associates will work with a committee of faculty, staff, and students led by Freddy Garcia and Addrain Conyers to develop and implement the assessment. Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, but I hope you will choose to participate. The results will help us to both identify areas in which inclusiveness can be improved and to replicate programs and policies that have proved successful in meeting the needs of the Marist community.

I hope you will join me in supporting and participating in this important effort.

David Yellen
President, Marist College