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Fiorentino commissions campus climate assessment

Bret Pallotto

Managing Editor

bmp6070@lockhaven.edu

April 06, 2017

Michael Fiorentino Jr., President of Lock Haven University, said that he and the university have engaged Rankin and Associates Consulting to conduct a campus climate assessment during 2017 in an email to students, staff and faculty..

“At Lock Haven University, we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness and equal access for all students and employees,” Fiorentino said.

The leader of the university went on to say that respectful dialog on a welcoming, inclusive campus is a foundation of the educational model.

“Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities and potential is critically important,” he said.

The goal of project is to make LHU a more inclusive campus through positive and lasting changes.

Undergraduate enrollment is currently 3,555 on the main campus. Caucasian is the overwhelming majority at 84 percent of the campus total. African-Americans represent nine percent, Hispanics are two percent, Asians are one percent and international students comprise one percent, according to the University’s official website.

Six percent of students are from a state other than Pennsylvania, including 31 states and 17 foreign countries. A total of 120 students studied abroad during 2013-14 and the main campus had just as many international students on it.

Fifty-nine percent of the population is female while the remaining 41 percent are males.

Lock Haven employees 517 full-time faculty members, including 231 full-time faculty members, and 14 percent represent ethnic minorities.

Rankin and Associates is an organization that has performed more than 170 campus climate assessment projects over the past 20 years. Focus groups will be developed and populated from students, staff and faculty.

A website is currently being developed to, “Provide communication on the project process and results,” Fiorentino said.

“I hope you will join me in supporting this important initiative for our campus.”

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