HBCU Campus Climate Study

Examining HBCU Campus Climates

We cordially invite your HBCU institution to join us as a valued participant in our 'Examining HBCU Campus Climates' study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The purpose of the study is to explore specific and collective factors that influence campus climates and to better understand how HBCUs climates may influence overall student success. The findings of this mixed-method study will be used to construct a campus climate tool specifically for HBCUs. The study findings and the tool that is developed will be widely disseminated and available to all participating institutions.

For your review and consideration, please note the following:

• The HBCU Campus Climate Study has been approved by the Howard University Institutional Review Board (IRB-2022-0772: Examining HBCU Campus Climate).

• The mixed-method study that will engage participants (HBCU stakeholders, including students, faculty, and administrations) during the data collection process, which will commence in October 2023 and conclude in May 2024.

• The data collection processes include surveys, individual, and focus group interviews.

• As required by IRB, participating institutions will remain anonymous.

• Up to five institutional participants, known as campus advisors, will be solicited from each college/university. One campus advisor will be designated as the lead advisor and will serve as a liaison between the Study Team and other campus advisors. In addition to participating in interviews and responding to surveys, campus advisor responsibilities include identifying additional resources (potential stakeholders, networks, etc.,) that will support the data collection process.

• All campus advisors and participants will receive honorariums for their participation.

▪ Each campus advisor will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

▪ All other participants will receive a $25 gift card.

To enroll your institution in the HBCU Campus Climate Study, please complete the Campus Climate Participation Interest Form, or contact us directly at hbcucenter@howard.edu to initiate the enrollment process.

Sosanya Jones, Ed.D. (Co-principal Investigator) sosanya.jones@howard.edu

Melanie Carter, Ph.D. (Co-principal Investigator) hbcucenter@howard.edu

IRB protocol # 2022-0772: Examining HBCU Campus Climate

Prospective HBCU Campus Climate Participant Interest Form