Last week, the UC released its first university-wide survey regarding campus life issues of sexism, racism and other pressing topics at each of the system’s 10 campuses and several other facilities.

The survey, entitled “Answer the CALL (Campus Atmosphere for Living & Learning),” includes questions regarding common social attitudes on campus and general opinions concerning the social, educational and work-related atmospheres seen at each location. It is available to students, staff and faculty members throughout the system through an automated online system and administrators will continue collecting survey results until the Jan. 25 deadline.

UC campus members who complete at least half the survey have the chance to win a wide array of prizes including a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship, two $5,000 faculty research grants, a $5,000 graduate or professional student stipend and five $2,000 staff professional development grants. UCSB students and employees who submit fully completed surveys are eligible for a $1,000 grand prize, a first prize of an Apple iPad, three second place prizes of $500 or 10 third-place prizes of $100.

The survey is the first of its kind as it is being distributed to all 10 UC campuses, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, five medical centers and the Division of Agriculture & National Resources.

Survey administrators guarantee complete confidentiality with answers to ensure that members of the campus community are comfortable answering truthfully in an effort to allow sensitive ongoing concerns to be adequately addressed. Each UC employee and student will have a personal link to the survey website sent to them via email; administrators will then collect answers from each campus to compile an accurate perspective of each respective university.

In a press release, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy Anna Everett, who organized the “Answer the CALL” survey, said the project must receive a 30 percent participation rate by the project’s Jan. 25 deadline in order to validate findings.


A version of this article appeared on page 1 of January 8th, 2013’s print edition of the Nexus.