The Interfaith, Spiritual, Religious, and Secular Campus Climate Index, or INSPIRES Index, is an assessment tool that measures, evaluates, and represents an institution’s efforts towards, and commitment to, establishing a welcoming climate for students of different worldview identities.Join the initial group of trailblazing institutions bringing the INSPIRES Campus Climate Index to life!
We are currently recruiting our first cohort of institutions to participate in the INSPIRES Campus Climate Index. Please complete the form below to get on the list for updates, or to connect with our research team to learn more.
What might it mean for a campus to be welcoming for students holding diverse religious, secular, and spiritual identities (RSSIs)? The recent Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) assessed welcome in terms of how receptive students feel the campus is for people of different RSSIs. The study found that while there are many promising signs that students perceive support for their RSSIs on campus, there is also considerable room for improving welcome, particularly for students whose RSSIs are a minority... READ MORE HERE
I think most higher education professionals want to offer environments that are welcoming to students of all belief systems, but knowing how to innovate policies, programs, and practices within the institution can sometimes be difficult if there are not clear assessment results and next steps that back up the need to change. My hope is that any institution that participates -- no matter how welcoming their climate is right now -- will engage in a great conversation about how to best support their students’ exploration and development of their spiritual, religious, and secular identities.
I am excited that this index not only will provide meaningful data to help students and families make informed choices that support their diverse religious, spiritual, and secular beliefs, but also that at its best, the index will encourage institutions to invest the necessary time and resources to create welcoming communities for all students.