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UCAR/NCAR is hosting a diversity retreat with other Boulder-area organizations concerned about diversity-related issues. We'd like to: (1) build relationships between these organizations, (2) share information about our definitions of diversity, respective diversity programs and approaches, and (3) collaborate on a set of issues, and goals that we could address together.
Boulder City Inclusive and Diversity Team
Boulder County Commissioner's Office
CU Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE)
NCAR Diversity Committee
NOAA Boulder Labs Diversity Council
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Colorado Department of Human Services
As a beginning of this dialogue, below are the UCAR diversity mission and definition, and some diversity issues we'd like addressed at the Retreat:
To increase the diversity of the UCAR/NCAR/UOP staff and contribute to enhancing diversity in the geosciences.
UCAR values and is committed to diversity in its broadest and most inclusive sense, recognizing that scientific excellence is enhanced by contributions from multiple perspectives. This means working to produce a productive, equitable, and gratifying workplace for all employees, visitors, and collaborators. To that end, we affirm our responsibility to attract, retain and advance individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented in the atmospheric and related sciences. In practice, the committee will develop strategies to build a more inclusive workforce by focusing on attracting those who are Black or African American; American Indian or Alaskan Native; and Hispanic or Latino. We will also concentrate on ensuring career opportunities for women and Asian-Americans or Pacific Islanders, and we will continue to create a work environment that welcomes and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and people with disabilities.
1) Community Workforce. Given that: (a) minorities are currently underrepresented in the Geosciences, (b) by the middle of the century it is predicted that ~ 50% of the workforce will made up of representatives from these groups, and (c) Boulder Colorado is particularly lacking representatives from these groups, how can we best work together and what do we do to ensure an effective future workforce for our organizations and community?
2) Internal Programs. Many of our organizations are working on programs and policies within our organization to raise the sensitivity to and ability to address diversity issues, what can we do together to learn from each other and broaden these activities?
3) Outreach Programs. Many of our organizations have diversity outreach programs, what can we do together to learn from each other and broaden these activities?
Facilitators: Jielun Sun and Rebecca Haacker-Santos, NCAR Diversity Committee
1:30pm-1:40pm Welcome (Roger Wakimoto, NCAR Director)
1:40pm-2:00pm Framing the Diversity Issues and Demographic Information (Mohan Ramamurthy, UCAR Community Programs, Unidata Director)
2:00pm-3:00pm Opening remarks from each organization on
3:00pm-3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm-4:00pm Internal and Outreach Program Breakouts
4:00pm-4:15pm Report from the Internal and Outreach Breakouts
4:15pm-4:55pm General Discussion
4:55-5:00 Closing remarks (Rebecca Haacker-Santos, UCAR EO Workforce Development)