Update on survey results:

Thank you again to everyone who responded to the pilot Pulse Survey on Inclusion and Belonging. We greatly appreciate and value your input. We are thrilled to have heard from more than 20,000 people – or 44% percent – of the University community. Nearly 9,500 students (39%), more than 9,000 staff (52%), and more than 2,000 (37%) of faculty/academic personnel took the survey.  

We were pleased to report that a majority (77%) of respondents answered in the affirmative to Question 1. Specifically, 15% strongly agreed, 37% agreed, and 25% somewhat agreed with the statement “I feel like I belong at Harvard.” 23% of respondents either responded in the negative or neutral to Question 1, specifically 8% somewhat disagreed, 5% disagreed, 2% strongly disagreed, and 8% indicated that they neither agree nor disagreed. While this is a high-level view of only one question from the survey, we are looking more closely to identify trends, groupings or additional information that can help us gain a better understanding of the contributors and reasons for these responses. This information will be instructive as we work to determine the appropriate, timely actions to address the concerns of those that report a lesser sense of belonging.  

Additionally, we received more than 7,000 open comments, which we need to spend time fully analyzing. We expect these comments to include highly relevant and important information and suggestions that will further inform our analysis and the ongoing inclusion and belonging efforts across the University.   

Because of the scale of this survey, as well as the level of complexity when analyzing for different variables, we want to make sure we are thoughtful about the reporting of the results of this survey. With that in mind, more time is required for us to fully analyze all the data, begin to address questions and explain findings, and develop concrete actions in responses to what we learn. As a reminder in this pilot administration of the survey, only University-level results will be publicly released.  

We plan to spend the coming months digging deeper into the results. This will allow us to report more nuanced findings in as comprehensive, interpretable, and transparent a manner as possible. Thank you again for your continued commitment to a fully inclusive Harvard and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.