July 15, 2021

Dear Cockrell School Students, Faculty and Staff,

In March, we invited each of you to participate in a survey to help us continually improve the working and learning environment in the Cockrell School. Today, we are pleased to share the initial insights and analyses of that survey, and to encourage you to spend some time and read through them. We think you will gain a better understanding of where we are — and where we need to go — as a community. We will share a more detailed report soon.

View the 2021 Climate Survey Initial Insights

It is important to realize that this is just the first step. The Cockrell School is committed to continuous improvement and to strengthening our long-term efforts to build a more welcoming, supportive, and equitable community. The data captured in this climate survey will help inform our decisions and investments, now and in the future.

We want to thank all of our faculty and staff who helped lead this initiative, including Christine Julien, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion; along with Cockrell School DEI Climate Survey Subcommittee members Maura Borrego, professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering; Michele Meyer, assistant dean for Engineering Student Services; and Nikhith Kalkunte, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

And to those who participated and filled out the survey earlier this year, thank you! Your input was extremely valuable.

Sincerely,

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Sharon L. Wood
Dean, Cockrell School of Engineering

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Roger Bonnecaze
Interim Dean Designate, Cockrell School of Engineering