Campus Climate in Higher Education

In this article, I provide a brief overview of contemporary campus climate literature, which largely emphasizes the climate experiences of students from minoritized social identity
groups (e.g., students of color, women, LGBT students). While these studies have been invaluable to the scholarly literature and climate improvement initiatives, I suggest four ways that future studies and assessments can be expanded to accurately document the complicated climate realities of diverse faculty, staff, and students. We are pleased to present Campus Climate for Diversity: Current Realities and Suggestions for the Future.

Dr. Annemarie Vaccaro’s research focuses on the post-secondary experiences of students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. She uses qualitative methods to delve deeply into
the stories and counterstories of campus community members. Dr. Vaccaro’s work is inspired by critical race and feminist perspectives which call attention to underlying inequalities embedded
in society and social structures such as higher education.