Division of Student Affairs

iBelong Campus Climate Survey

The University and the Division of Student Affairs strive to promote a climate at UNCG where everyone feels supported and welcomed. In order to better understand student experiences here, the iBelong Project was launched in the Spring 2019 semester. The project utilized the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) survey, developed by the National Institute for Transformation and Equity.
The CECE survey measures college students’ perceptions of their campus environment through questions about aspects such as cultural groups, meaningful cross-cultural engagement, the ways in which faculty and staff support students, holistic support, and experiences around diversity and inclusion. 7,000 undergraduate students were randomly sampled from the UNCG roster to provide a representative sample of our student population, and then invited by email to complete the survey. The final sample used to compile the results included 1,127 undergraduates, including online and transfer students, and their demographic data mirrored the general demographics of the UNCG student body. The graduate survey scheduled for Spring 2020 was postponed and will be administered at a later date. Please explore this website for updates and changes we have made since the survey to promote community and sense of belonging at UNCG. We care about the experience of our students and we want to understand how we can best help all students succeed here. The conversations that we have with our students and other groups on our campus will help us plan for the future. We hope you will reflect on the results of this Spring 2019 iBelong survey and our other action items in order to create opportunities for ongoing dialogue. We invite you to leave your feedback on the provided form or email us at ibelong@uncg.edu. Our iBelong committee members are ready to assist with your needs and ideas for supporting belonging at the G.

Cathy Akens, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

iBelong Committee Members 2021 – 2022

George Still | Co-ChairStudent Affairsg_still@uncg.edu
Julie Mendez Smith | Co-ChairPsychologyjlmendez@uncg.edu
Cathy AkensVice Chancellor, Student Affairscaakens@uncg.edu
Peyton UpchurchStudent Government Associationepupchur@uncg.edu
Edmond GaytonStudent Government Associationepgayton@uncg.edu
Andrea HunterChancellor’s Fellowaghunter@uncg.edu
Dave TeachoutUniversity Teaching and Learning Commonsdjteacho@uncg.edu
Katherine AldridgeCoordinator, BK Undergrad Online Program, Human Development & Family Studieskcaldrid@uncg.edu
Meredith AtchisonCampus Activities & Programsm_atchis@uncg.edu
Pam BrownKinesiologyplkocher@uncg.edu
Shelley WaldDean of Students Officescwald@uncg.edu
Kimberly OsborneUniversity Communicationsk_osborne@uncg.edu
Bev FairclothTeacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department, School of Educationbsfaircl@uncg.edu
Mckayla BohannonStudent Successmdbohann@uncg.edu
Scott HollowayStudent Successwshollow@uncg.edu


Fall 2021

UNCG’s Bias Education and Support Team, housed under the Dean of Students Office, serves the campus community by offering a reporting process that invites students to document and proactively address the impacts of bias-related incidents, behaviors, and actions. A trained interdisciplinary, interdepartmental group, the Bias Education and Support Team draws on restorative principles, appreciative inquiry, community conferencing and other restoration-focused practices to guide students as they process the impacts of bias incidents. For more information about the team's membership and efforts, visit their website here.

May 2021

UNCG recently celebrated projects that were awarded funding support from the campus iBelong Project. In the first year of this effort, there were 16 funded projects providing students opportunities to engage with each other in a primarily digital environment, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more about the outcomes, click here.

March 2021

As part of the UNCG iBelong project launched in Spring 2019 and the Campus Climate initiatives, a total of $7,400 will be awarded in support of projects that help build a sense of belonging among Spartans. These projects have been selected for their innovative ideas to build deeper community and connections between students across campus. To read more about the 2020 - 2021 grant winners, click here.

October 2020

  • The iBelong team conducted three focus groups with students which included sharing key findings from the survey and also opportunities for students to discuss their experience with belonging, support from faculty/staff, and community on campus. These groups included meetings with student leaders as well as the general student body members.
  • Also as part of the listening tour in 2019, presentations on survey findings and information were delivered to Staff Senate and Faculty Senate. Additional sessions were also held with the Chancellor’s and Provost’s Councils.
  • A three-part series was developed to provide information to the campus community through Campus Weekly, which was published in Spring 2020.
  • In early Spring 2020, planning sessions were held with Student Affairs staff to plan interventions to deepen campus community and sense of belonging and strategize ways to engage with proactive outreach with students. A session is scheduled with Student Success in Fall 2020. The strategies developed will be used to implement a three-year plan of action.
  • Representatives from Student Success and the University Teaching and Learning Commons were added to the iBelong team. The UTLC is expanding their civil discourse training which will provide support to faculty as they engage in difficult conversations in the classroom.
  • A proposal to form an ad hoc committee to explore models for a Bias Awareness, Education, and Response Team for UNCG was approved by Provost Coleman. The team is working to develop a recommendation for a campus-wide mechanism for helping students share their concerns about bias and discrimination during Fall 2020.
  • The iBelong committee is also meeting during Fall 2020 to identify strategic opportunities for investing in projects that will promote belonging on campus.