Dear CSE community:

Thank you all who participated in the CSE Climate Survey that was carried out in May/June by the CLASS Committee assembled by Dean Gallimore. As you may recall, we shared preliminary results with you last June. The final report is now ready, and we would like to share the results with you.

We would like to welcome you to a community event to hear the Giffen&Kaminski presentation on the survey outcome, their recommendations, and the CLASS committee reflections on the survey outcome. The event will be held virtually to allow maximum participation without compromising safety, and we will have time at the end for questions and answers. 

Following the event, we will also publish the final report together with a short summary online at the CLASS committee website for anyone interested.

In order to maximize participation, we plan for two events with similar content:

Meeting 1:  Tuesday, September 7, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 971 0601 1831 Passcode: 350947

Meeting 2:  Tuesday, September 14,  4:00 – 500 PM

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 982 9129 6124 Passcode: 556823RSVP form:
Tuija Pulkkinen
CLASS committee chair

As chair of the CSE Climate Assessment Committee (CLASS) set by College of Engineering Dean Alec Gallimore, I would like to invite you to engage in shaping the future of the CSE division by participating in a survey to help assess the climate and culture of the department, as well as identify best actions to move forward.

Here is a one-time access link to the questionnaire.

We strongly encourage your participation (with a $10 gift card for completing the survey), as your expertise and advice on how to move forward are invaluable. All responses are anonymous and confidential. No identifying information will be shared with anyone within the Division, College, or University.

The survey was created by an independent firm (Giffen & Kaminski LLC) hired by the Dean’s office. The questionnaire was developed by interviewing 25 students, faculty and staff members, with two rounds of iterations with the CLASS committee, and final testing of the instrument by another 20 people outside the CSE division but from relevant personnel groups. With this process, we hope that the questions are pertinent and self-explanatory.

The results and analyses will be published for all CSE community in July in a final report containing a summary of the current climate and recommendations for future actions to create a safe, equitable, and inviting working environment for all CSE members.

If you have questions about or access issues with the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to active participation and fruitful outcome of the survey! Wishing you all a very good spring and summer.

Tuija Pulkkinen

Dear CSE Colleagues,

On behalf of the CSE Climate Assessment (CLASS) committee, I invite you to a town hall discussion on June 29 from 12:45 – 1:45 PM.  The zoom link is given below.

The objectives of our discussion are to share the preliminary findings of the climate survey conducted last month, describe the remaining tasks of the committee and gather your feedback. This will be the first step towards assisting the department in developing a framework for implementing the recommended actions. 

I hope you can join us for this important discussion, and great thanks to all of you who responded to the survey. Dean Alec Gallimore will join us in the discussion. 

Tuija Pulkkine


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

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 ( 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

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

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

Tuija Pulkkinen

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