Graduate Student Exit Survey Definitions

    The following items are statements using several terms that are defined below for you. Please refer to these definitions through the rest of the questionnaire.

    Inclusive environment is one in which members feel respected by and connected to one another.

    Interact effectively refers to the ability to share information that is easily understood by both parties and leads to positive contribution and results of both parties.

    Culture refers to the beliefs, values, traditions, ways of behaving and language of any social group. A social group may be racial, ethnic, religious, etc.

    Nationality refers to the status of belonging to a particular nation or country (France, Ethiopia, United States), whether by birth or naturalization.

    Race or racial background refers to a sub-group of people possessing common physical or genetic characteristics. Examples include White, Black, Native American, etc.

    Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of having a particular gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth; typically a person’s internal sense of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither.

    Sexual orientation refers to a person’s ongoing sexual and/or romantic attraction to a particular group or groups of people.

    Religious belief refers to the doctrine or belief in the existence (or non-existence as in the case of being agnostic or atheist) of a God or gods. Includes, but is not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, heathenism, paganism, etc.

    Political views refer to a set of beliefs that are shared by members of a group that form the basis of a political or economic system. Examples include broad categories of libertarianism, communism, socialism, democracy, or conservatism to narrower categories of Democrat, Republican, Independent, etc.

    Diversity refers to the presence and participation of people who differ across multiple dimensions such as customs, perspectives, methods of problem solving, ways of viewing and negotiating the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious views, socio-economic status, age, physical or other abilities, etc.

    Varying or different abilities, including disabilities refers to differences in the way people see, hear, think, communicate, move, learn, etc.

    Positive cultural impact refers to the good and strong effect that the surrounding or existing beliefs, values, traditions, ways of behaving and language have on an experience.

    Educational experience refers to process of instruction and learning that you encounter, see, receive, undergo, participate in or have happen to you.

    Environment refers to the surroundings, conditions, or circumstances in which a person lives and operates.