Research in Higher Education

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 63–88 | Cite as

Breaking the Silence: Achieving a Positive Campus Climate for Diversity from the Staff Perspective

  • Matthew J. Mayhew
  • Heidi E. Grunwald
  • Eric L. Dey


The purpose of this paper is to identify factors that create a positive climate for diversity and to demonstrate how these factors predict outcomes related to achieving a positive campus climate for diversity. Based on survey data collected from 437 staff members employed at a large, public, predominantly White university in the Midwest, results suggest that the institution’s ability to achieve a positive climate for diversity reflects not only the personal characteristics of the staff member (race, gender, education level, and age) but also their perceptions of their immediate work environment. Implications are discussed.


diversity climate staff administration quantitative higher education college personnel 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew J. Mayhew
    • 1
  • Heidi E. Grunwald
    • 2
  • Eric L. Dey
    • 3
  1. 1.University of North Carolina, WilmingtonWilmington
  2. 2.Temple UniversityUSA
  3. 3.University of MichiganUSA

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