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Assessment of Learning, Living, and Working Environment at Brock

What makes our campus welcoming? What can we do better? How can we affirm and strengthen a community of inclusion and respect? These are the questions behind the Assessment of Learning, Living, and Working Environment at Brock survey. The survey is open to Brock University students, staff and faculty.

Dear Brock colleagues,

Brock is your university and you play an important role in defining the culture and sense of welcome and inclusion experienced across our community. We are initiating a project in support of these shared goals.

At Brock, we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness and equal access for all students, staff and faculty. A welcoming and inclusive campus climate is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction, and is one of the foundations of our educational model.

The University Human Rights Task Force report of 2017 emphasized these principles and expressed the need for additional data and information to further advance Brock as a welcoming and inclusive university community.

Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities and potential is critically important. Following on recommendations of the Human Rights Task Force, during 2020 the University is undertaking a climate assessment. We are therefore initiating a project aimed at studying and reviewing our institution’s day-to-day culture and atmosphere, as perceived by employees and students.

The Assessment of Learning, Living, and Working Environment at Brock survey is now open and available online at

All of your answers will remain completely confidential and the results will be reported in group form only. You will not be identifiable as an individual and your participation in this assessment is voluntary.

The goals of the project are to identify successful initiatives, uncover any challenges facing members of our community, and develop strategies that build on the successes and address the challenges. It is our chance to make a difference in Brock’s future and implement positive, lasting changes that will help create a more inclusive campus.

As a member of the Brock community, you play an important role in advancing the University environment as a welcoming and inclusive culture and atmosphere. I therefore encourage you to take the time to help us in this process by completing a confidential survey designed to provide information about both positive and challenging aspects of our climate. It is an opportunity to describe your personal experiences, your observations, and to offer suggestions for change that might enhance the campus climate at Brock.

To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, we have contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting, which has conducted more than 200 campus climate assessments across North America over the past 20 years. (To avoid any confusion, please note this company has no connection to the local family for whom Brock’s Rankin Family Pavilion is named.)

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Brock University Office of Research Ethics.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this vital project.


Gervan Fearon, President and Vice Chancellor
Brock University

Background information

This presentation offers an overview of the project including the process and importance of this study.