Department of Chemistry Diversity and Climate Action Plan
In 2017, the DCGSAC survey brought many department climate challenges to light, and in 2018 a climate survey by the Department of Chemistry and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) reflected these problems as well.
We want to thank everyone—faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs—who was part of this data collection from August to November 2018. To make sure that every piece of information was reviewed thoroughly and the best recommendations were drafted for the department, LAS Associate Dean, Prof. Matt Ando, with the support of the Office of the Provost, convened a task force which met regularly from August through November 2018. The task force included representatives from LAS, Illinois Human Resources, Office of Access and Equity (OAE), Department of Chemistry, Office of University Counsel, Office of the Provost, and Faculty Staff Assistance Services (FSAS).
LAS drafted a 108-page report which incorporates anonymized survey data, collective interview results and actionable recommendations for departmental climate and diversity improvement. Since it is a confidential report to the department, the LAS report will not be copied or distributed publicly.
Instead, Dr. Lloyd Munjanja, Assistant Director of Diversity and Program Climate, has the full printed report copy in his office. Lloyd will have office hours for graduate students and postdocs interested in viewing the report on Fridays 1-3 PM. Faculty and staff may also make appointments to read the report.
The Department of Chemistry Diversity and Climate Action Plan was drafted as a response to the LAS report to guide the department in making lasting cultural changes to ensure a better climate for all members of our community. The action plan (linked here) will be made available on the department website, which is currently being modified to make information on climate and diversity more accessible than in the past.
Our goal, although we realize it will take time to achieve, is to create an excellent inclusive and diverse working environment for all of us—students, postdocs, staff and faculty.