Campus Climate Assessment Project

Overview of the Campus Climate Assessment Project

The Campus Climate Assessment Project kicked off Monday, February 5th, 2018, with Susan Rankin & Associates Consulting as our project facilitator (see This consulting team was selected following a rigorous and competitive national RFP process. This Project comprises an 18-month long, comprehensive self-study using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. All students, staff, faculty and administrators at SF State will ultimately be invited to participate in the assessment strategies. Our consultants have made a strong commitment to ensure that this Project is both confidential (to protect and promote honesty by participants) and transparent (to ensure accurate, complete results are shared broadly with the campus community).

The Project will help serve as a needs assessment effort to guide priority setting for the new Division of Equity & Community Inclusion. In addition, it will serve as the basis for identifying areas in need of focused attention in support of SF State’s Strategic Plan values of Community and of Equity. The final report from the consultants will include the complete data and their analyses. Using this report, the campus will then develop a measurable, actionable plan for moving forward—with strategies identified and prioritized collaboratively with the input of students, staff and faculty. 

Campus Climate Steering Committee

The Campus Climate Steering Committee is comprised of campus representatives from across the University, including appointees from Academic Affairs, Administration & Finance, Associated Students, Equity Programs & Compliance, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, University Advancement, and University Enterprises. The purpose of the Steering Committee will be to shape and substantively inform the process of the Campus Climate Assessment Project (CCAP) in consultation with Rankin & Associates Consulting, as well as share information with the larger campus community about the assessment process as we move forward.

The Steering Committee met for the first time on February 5, 2018, and will convene for at least three additional meetings during the Spring 2018 semester.  Dr. Manuel Alejandro Pérez, Interim Assistant Vice President for Equity & Community Inclusion, and Dr. Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Professor of Biology & Lead PI for SF BUILD, have graciously agreed to serve as the Co-Conveners for this Committee.

The members of the Steering Committee are:

  • Mohammed Abdulhakim Alnuzaili, Student
  • Jill Anthes, Executive Director, Planning & Design
  • Aimée Zenzele Barnes, Interim Director, Diversity & Student Equity
  • Derwin Deon Brown, Student
  • Devanique Brown, Student
  • Constance Cavallas, Project Manager, University Corporation
  • David Celoria, Faculty, Educational Leadership
  • Gabriela Cerros, Student
  • Katon Dalton, Manager, Equity Programs & Compliance
  • Kayla Duclayan, Student
  • Meredith Eliassen, Senior Assistant Librarian, University Library
  • Jacqueline Foley, President, Associated Students
  • Jesus Garcia, Executive Director, Administration & Finance
  • Trevor Getz, Faculty, History
  • Chantel Heard, Student
  • Colleen Hoff, Faculty, Sexuality Studies
  • Yadira Ibarra, Faculty, Earth & Climate Sciences
  • Catherine Kudlick, Faculty, History
  • Janet Lopez, Student
  • Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Faculty, Biology
  • Rick Nizzardini, Interim Director, Health Promotion & Wellness
  • Jeannette Peralta, Interim AVP, Human Resources
  • Manuel Alejandro Pérez, Interim AVP, Equity & Community Inclusion
  • Veronica Rabelo, Faculty, Management
  • Johnetta G. Richards, Faculty, Africana Studies
  • Christina Sabee, Dean of Equity Initiatives
  • Frank Schumacher, Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy
  • Oscar Stewart, Faculty, Management
  • Sutee Sujitparapitaya, Associate Provost, Institutional Analytics
  • Tyler Trinidad, Student
  • Craig Majestic Williams, Student

Project Staff from Rankin & Associates:

  • Kadian McIntosh, Executive Associate & Senior Research Associate, Rankin & Associates Consulting
  • Dan Merson, Executive Associate & Senior Research Associate, Rankin & Associates Consulting

Campus Climate Assessment Project Timeline

Below is the projected timeline for SF State’s CCAP.  Because this process is intended to be collaborative, consultative, iterative and organic, please note that the timeline milestones may shift somewhat as we progress forward.

February/March 2018

  • Initial meeting with the Campus Climate Steering Committee
  • Begin planning for focus groups

April 2018

  • Conduct focus groups
  • Begin survey development

June-September 2018

  • Prepare thematic analysis report from the focus groups
  • Complete the survey development
  • Develop the marketing/communication plan
  • Submit IRB application and seek approval

October 2018

  • Survey administration to all students, staff, faculty and administration

November/December 2018

  • Data analysis

January/February 2019

  • Report development

March/April 2019

  • Public presentation of the results (note that the President’s Cabinet will NOT review the report prior to this presentation)
  • Initiate implementation of the campus action plan

Important Project Documents

Please return here often to access and download additional materials about the Campus Climate Assessment Project, as this page will be updated on a regular basis throughout the project administration timeline.