DEI and Climate at CSE

Dear CSE Community Members:

Earlier this month, I met with you to introduce the CSE Climate Assessment (CLASS) Committee. Today, I am reaching out to let you know the College has selected Giffen & Kaminiski, LLC, a third-party law firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, to engage with CSE faculty, staff and students in assessing the division’s climate.

Giffen & Kaminski has experience working with higher education, including the University of Michigan, to conduct campus climate surveys. Their transparent process and forward-looking focus on building trust and culture factored into the committee’s decision. 

Giffen & Kaminski will tailor the survey questions with the help of interviews of CSE students, faculty and staff as well as through interaction with the CLASS committee. Participation in the survey will be voluntary and all responses are confidential. No identifying information will be shared with anyone within the College or elsewhere at the University.

Please look for opportunities to engage with this process as they are offered. Understanding the many facets of CSE climate – all the things that make the division great as well as those that are holding the community back – will be critical.

The survey results and their analysis will be published in the form of a final report, which will be published in July. 

I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Tuija Pulkkinen
CLASS Chair

Dear CSE community members:

Last week, you heard from Dean Gallimore about the formation of a CSE Climate Assessment Committee. As chair of that committee, known as CLASS, I wanted to provide you with an update on the committee’s charge and projected timeline, and invite you to an introductory discussion to learn more.

On Tuesday, March 2 at 9 am, you are invited to an Introductory Virtual Meeting with CLASS. During this session, we will cover:

Please RSVP

I highly encourage your attendance – transparent communication and community engagement are critical towards achieving our goals. However, to be as inclusive as possible, we will also be providing slides and notes from the session to the community afterwards, and posting them on our webpage.

This webpage (https://cse-climate.engin.umich.edu/climate-committee/) will be our primary hub for keeping the community informed on progress. Since its inception last week, it has been updated to include the committee’s:

I start this job with a very humble mind. I am dedicated to fulfill the committee’s charge, but fundamentally success depends on our ability to connect this process with each and every one of you. I hope we can engage in a constructive and forward-looking interaction. 

Tuija Pulkkinen
CLASS Chair

Dear CSE Community:
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2 at 9-10 am, the CSE community is invited to an Introductory Virtual Meeting with the CSE Climate Assessment Committee (CLASS). 
During this session, we will cover:

Please find the information for the Zoom meeting below:

Meeting link hereWebinar ID: 972 9827 0554
Password:
436102

I highly encourage your attendance – transparent communication and community engagement are critical towards achieving our goals. 

Tuija Pulkkinen
CLASS Chair

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