Campus climate, or the “current attitudes, behaviors and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential” is influential to every student’s success, including academically.viii With increasingly diverse student populations at the California State University, it is critical that campuses develop safe and inclusive environments where students can learn without fear of retaliation for a difference of opinion, lifestyle, discernible personal characteristics, or citizenship status. According to the 2016 California State University Student Health, Wellness, and Safety
According to the 2016 California State University Student Health, Wellness, and Safety Report,ix threats to the wellness and safety were most prevalent among students of color and students of non-binary gender. For example, the incidences of physical assault on non-white students was more than twice as high compared to their white student counterparts and students of nonbinary gender were more likely to report being verbally threatened and feeling that discrimination impeded their academic performance Additionally, female students and nonbinary students were more likely to report sexual misconduct as “very much a problem” than males and less than half of all students felt that campus administrators would take a sexual misconduct report seriously. Furthermore, the political landscape has produced an unprecedented level of uncertainty and anxiety for undocumented students who are unsure of how to access social services and/or fear they or their family may be at risk for deportation.x Undocumented students’ fear of fully engaging was demonstrated in various ways, but of particular note was in the spring of 2017 when California Dream Act applications were down more than 10,000 from the previous year.xi Ultimately, the inequitable experiences of students accessing safe and inclusive environments across the CSU hinders the ability of some students more than others to succeed and graduate in a timely manner.
Ultimately, the inequitable experiences of students accessing safe and inclusive environments across the CSU hinders the ability of some students more than others to succeed and graduate in a timely manner.