College Of Science Workplace Climate Committee

College of Science Workplace Awareness Week

presented by the College of Science Climate Committee

Sept. 11- Sept. 14, 2018

About the CoS Workplace Awareness Week

The Workplace Awareness Week, September 11-14th, is a series of events that highlight the College of Science’s commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive work environment where all individuals – faculty, staff, and students – feel welcomed and respected, and their opinions are valued.  To learn more about the COS Workplace Awareness Week, please click here.



Increasing staff engagement, job satisfaction, and workplace performance

Lunch & Workshop for Business Managers and Administrators

Tuesday, Sept. 11 – 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ENR2 S215



The College of Science Workplace Climate Committee is pleased to sponsor a special event for business managers and administrators involved in staff supervision, led by Allison Vaillancourt, Vice President for Business Affairs and Human Resources, and Diane Brennan, Director, Leadership & Organizational Development which includes our new leadership and executive coaching services. The workshop and discussion will focus on ways that managers and administrators can build inclusion and engagement with staff, leading to increases in job satisfaction, workplace performance, and retention.  The discussion will focus on best practices, and sharing experiences that have been successful in building a positive workplace climate.



The role of Unconscious Bias in Higher Education

Breakfast & Workshop for Staff

Wednesday, Sept. 12 – 8 to 11 a.m.

Old Main – Silver & Sage room

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About the workshop

Presenters:  Dr. Jeff Stone, Ph.D., and Dr. Katie Wolsiefer, Ph.D.


You are invited to attend a workshop on the role of implicit bias in higher education.  Numerous studies have shown that even people who are highly committed to being fair and just can unknowingly hold and communicate biased attitudes and beliefs towards others. Unconscious or "implicit" forms of bias can seep into our judgments of people who are different from us when we review job applications, interact with colleagues and students, or comment on student work.  When we interact with out-group members, implicit bias can subtly alter our facial expressions, posture, and speech patterns in ways that can convey discomfort or disinterest. Learning how to reduce implicit bias and its effects is an important step toward improving climate, equity and intergroup relations in higher education. 


The workshop is limited to the first 90 people to RSVP, however, there will be additional workshops held to ensure all staff have the opportunity to attend. All staff workshops will be held at Old Main, Silver & Sage room.



Additional staff workshops

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 – 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   



Bringing Out the Best: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Action
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth

A special presentation and reception for all CoS faculty, staff, and students

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 – 4 to 6 p.m.

Kuiper Lecture Hall, Room 308

Reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks immediately following in Kuiper Hall lobby



About Carolyn Brinkworth, Ph.D.

Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth is the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research). In her work with NASA, Caltech, and the American Astronomical Society she has designed and led education programs, designed and written studies to assess campus climate for minorities and written proposals and managed grants for education and outreach programs.  In 2013, Carolyn was honored with the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal “for outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment, volunteerism, mentoring and coaching of underrepresented student groups through science education workshops and programs”. Dr. Brinkworth has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Southampton and a MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University with a focus on improving educational environments in higher education for LGBTQ students in STEM. 



Diversity in Departments

Lunch with Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth for CoS Department Heads and others

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Flandrau Mezzanine classroom

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This lunch is for Department heads and others to meet with Dr. Brinkworth to discuss how to build diversity in our departments. We can accommodate 2-3 people from each department/program at the lunch, so please RSVP for yourselves and send the link to people in your department who might be interested in attending.


Letter from Dean Joaquin Ruiz, January 2018

In January 2017, Dean Ruiz formed a Workplace Climate Committee. Members were selected based on recommendations of department heads and other groups in the college, including the College of Science Staff Advisory Council (COSSAC) and the Associate Graduate Council for the College of Science (AGCCS). The members of the committee are drawn from all departments and from all four employee groups. The committee is co-chaired by Lee Ryan, Psychology Department Head, and Brad Story, Associate Department Head, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the committee is to foster a positive and inclusive work environment where all individuals – faculty, staff, and students – feel welcomed and respected, and their opinions are valued.   Our vision is a College of Science that is inclusive, diverse, and safe, where issues of workplace climate are discussed on a regular basis, and where workplace disputes are dealt with fairly and equitably.  To meet these goals, the committee will:

  • Address the concerns raised by the 2016 Climate Survey;
  • Develop and implement guidelines and tools to help identify and reduce bias and improve communications, based on empirically tested best practices;
  • Assist with the implementation of best practices in the college and departments through workshops and discussion groups;
  • Ensure that all individuals are aware of their rights and the resources available on campus to mediate workplace disputes;
  • Re-administer the climate survey in three years to monitor the College’s progress toward the goal of a positive and inclusive workplace;

Members of the committee do NOT adjudicate individual workplace disputes, or intervene or comment on specific situations that are more appropriately handled by the Department Head, the Dean, Human Resources, or the Office of Institutional Equity.  In such cases, individuals will be encouraged to seek advice from the appropriate office. 

If you have questions or comments for the Workplace Climate Committee, please contact:

Lee Ryan
Co-chair, Workplace Climate Committee | 520-621-7443

Brad Story
Co-chair, Workplace Climate Committee | 520-621-4090

Workplace Climate Committee Members


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