During Summer 2020, the Provost’s Office and Student Affairs partnered with IT to seek real-time student input concerning pressing questions related to planning for the fall semester and beyond. W&M&You launched on June 18, 2020. On October 8, 2020, W&M&You became available to faculty and staff. By opting-in, students and employees receive periodic texts from campus administration asking what they think, how they feel, or what they want related to a particular question.
Users are able to quickly submit their opinion by replying to the text message. Responses available to the Climate Working Group are de-identified and anonymous to protect participant privacy. Registered user information and identifiable responses are confidentially maintained by IT. If a response triggers serious concern regarding the safety of a user or the community, the Working Group will escalate the concern appropriately (which may involve connecting the response with an identified user and appropriate follow up action to protect life or safety).
Results are communicated back out via text and are also reported on this website with additional graphics and information to ensure transparency. The more individuals responding to questions, the more accurate and useful the data will be.
The COVID-19 crisis has magnified our need to communicate, plan and respond quickly. In a university, it can be challenging to gather direct input in real time from various constituencies (students, faculty and staff) regarding how they feel about the current environment, options, concerns, etc. The W&M&You climate app was designed and introduced this summer to provide a direct channel for students to provide us with a quick “temperature reading” on various issues to consider as we move forward. We then worked during the fall to expand it to include faculty and staff. I care deeply about giving our students and employees a direct channel for input so that we are gathering real rather than anecdotal data. I am excited about the future of W&M&You as we increase its reach and develop its sophistication. Please be sure to join in!
— Provost Peggy Agouris