The mission of DEI Analytics is to support the University of South Florida’s efforts to implement data-driven strategic initiatives regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion across differences in a multicultural society; partner with departments and colleges across One USF to facilitate intercultural dialogue, and work with university stakeholders to create an institutional climate of justice, access, and equity.

DEI Analytics supports the university by providing data and conducting analysis related to diversity issues writ large to help create a socially just institutional environment for all.  This includes, but is not limited to, using multiple methods of data collection and analysis, including both quantitative and qualitative measures, to assess programs across the university. All measures and methods are reviewed to ensure rigor, validity, reliability, and trustworthiness.

DEI Analytics accomplishes its mission through the following:

  • Collecting and using university data to identify and address areas of concern
  • Engaging in institutional efforts to address issues of bias and inequality
  • Collaborating with departments across OneUSF to enact change as needed
  • Collaborating with faculty, staff, and administration to provide data and analytic services to meet the diversity, equity, and inclusion needs of departments and programs

A major project of DEI Analytics includes the Diversity, Anti-Racism & Equity (DARE) Dashboards. Created with data from the Office of Decision Support, the DARE Dashboards contain quantitative metrics alongside understudied subjective measures of success that capture the multidimensionality of student, faculty, and staff experience. This information serves as the basis for which ODEI sets goals and tracks progress, identifies challenges and opportunities for growth, and evaluates university policies and practices through a DEI lens.


View the current trends in USF faculty demographics presented to the Faculty Senate.

Presented by:

  • Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Ph.D. 
    Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment, Engagement, and Retention
  • Tricia Penniecook, MD, MPH
    Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Kevin Jones, PhD
    Director of Analytics, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

View the presentation and data here.


The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in partnership with the Office of Decision Support, are planning a university-wide climate survey. This survey is important step towards developing a strong understanding of our community’s perspectives and experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion across all USF campuses. The data collected in this study will be used as baseline for understanding the present climate at USF; to help inform current and future decisions about supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus community; and as a benchmark against which to measure change over time.

In an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts and survey fatigue it is highly recommended that all departments be familiar with USF’s institutional survey calendar and policies prior to administering their own.

Survey policy and process

Current USF survey calendar


Qualtrics guide to building effective surveys

Resources for developing equitable learning experiences and conducting DEI-related surveys and research projects:

Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL) – Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Learning Experiences

USF Libraries – Academic Freedom and the Inclusive and Equitable Classroom

Guidance on how to conduct focus groups (University of Kansas)

Ensuring equity in focus group design

Best practices for conducting difficult dialogs

Measuring diversity and inclusive climate (AAMC)

Climate survey example (UVA)