Dear College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Community member:
In the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness, and equal access for all students, staff, and faculty. A welcoming and inclusive campus environment is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction, and is one of the foundations of our educational model. Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is critically important.
During 2018-19, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will undertake a vital and relevant assessment of the environment for living, learning, and working. This is our chance to make a difference in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ future, our opportunity to make positive, lasting changes, and our time to help create a more inclusive campus. To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, we have contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to help lead this effort. Rankin & Associates has conducted more than 170 campus climate assessment projects during the last 20 years.
A team from Rankin & Associates will be working with a committee of students, staff, and faculty from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to develop and implement the assessment. The results will better enable us to not only develop programs and policies that will increase inclusivity in areas which are shown to be problematic, but also enhance and replicate programs and policies in areas which are shown to be successfully meeting the needs of the community.
I hope that you will join me in supporting this important project.
Dean Lee Kump