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Cura Program Origins


  • Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) distributed a climate survey to all SAC members. Results indicated a need to improve working relationships between faculty and staff.


  • Results from the SAC survey were shared with the President's Coordinating Council (PCC)
  • An ad hoc committee comprised of Faculty Senate and SAC members was formed to address faculty/staff relations. The committee brought forward policy and procedures recommendations for addressing campus working relationships.


  • University engages Towers Watson to assist in development and implementation of a University-wide Climate Assessment Survey.
  • Over 50 faculty and staff stakeholders, including the faculty/staff relations ad hoc committee, participate in focus groups to develop survey content.
  • Survey results shared with the University community.
  • University divisions tasked with developing and implementing plans for their individual divisions to respond to climate assessment survey results for their divisions.
  • Towers Watson facilitates focus groups with faculty and staff from SLU campuses in St. Louis and Madrid to provide additional insights into how the University can improve trust, respect, and working relationships.


  • Climate Assessment Taskforce made up of faculty, staff and administration convened to review feedback from focus groups and make recommendations on a University-wide action plan on improving overall workplace climate. 
  • Cura, a program focused upon fostering a culture of understanding, respect and appreciation is developed. Development process includes input from multiple representatives from every major faculty, staff and administration organization on campus.


  • Cura program launches with announcement from Dr. Pestello and presentations from campus leaders.
    • Click here to view a recording of the Cura Information session from February 2016. 
  • Second Climate Assessment Survey (Faculty/Staff Feedback Survey) conducted from April 21 - May 2, 2016. Survey results shared with the University community. Updates on the results and actions underway can be found here.
  • Cura integrated into existing University programs such as orientations and Live Well (personal development program). New workshops developed and community events hosted for SLU faculty and staff to come together and learn about working relationships. 


  • Cura workshops and instructor-led training courses offered consistently for SLU faculty and staff. New community events, such as the Cura Day of Appreciation, held to recognize those that exemplify the Cura standards every day. Additional resources and events created to encourage SLU faculty and staff to develop positive working relationships.
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