The Hanson Center conducts climate studies for departments and programs in STEM to advance our understanding and our practices of inclusive STEM.

In partnership with departments and programs, we “take the temperature” of students about their perceptions and experiences, especially as regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Hanson Center then uses this data to help the program recognize and celebrate what it does well, and to take action in areas needing improvement. In addition to the initial survey administered to students, the Hanson Center may also conduct focus groups to follow up on the results to better understand the findings and hone action steps to have the greatest impact.