Boulder Diversity Retreat

Boulder Diversity Retreat


Retreat Summary Notes

8 September 2011, 1:30pm-5:00pm
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Center Green Building 1 Campus, Center Auditorium
3080 Centr Green Drive
Boulder, Colorado
(Map and directions to Center Green)


Retreat Purpose

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.

Retreat Participating Organizations

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:

NCAR Diversity Committee Mission

To increase the diversity of the UCAR/NCAR/UOP staff and contribute to enhancing diversity in the geosciences.

Diversity Definition

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.

Diversity Issue Areas:

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

  • What does diversity mean at your organization?
  • What are your goals?
  • Can we agree on common definitions and issues?

    2:00pm-2:10pm Boulder Labs Diversity Council (Linda Wharton)
    2:10pm-2:20pm NIST Diversity Team (Leila Vale and Elizabeth Drexler)
    2:20pm-2:30pm The City of Boulder (Linda Rad and James Cho)
    2:30pm-2:40pm Boulder County (Pete Salas, Boulder County Diversity Liaison)
    2:40pm-2:50pm CU ODECE (Alphonse Keasley)
    2:50pm-3:00pm NCAR Diversity Committee (Jielun Sun)

3:00pm-3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm-4:00pm Internal and Outreach Program Breakouts

  • What have you done to achieve your internal diversity goals?
    Examples: Policies, successful staff training, challenges for women, challenges for parents, disability, dual career and two body problem issues, work/life balance in support of diversity, diversity education efforts, recruiting, retention, measurements of progress/diversity metrics.
  • What are your diversity outreach goals?
    Examples: success and challenges in your outreach efforts.

4:00pm-4:15pm Report from the Internal and Outreach Breakouts
4:15pm-4:55pm General Discussion

  • How might we collaborate on programs?
  • How can we address the broader community workforce issue in Boulder County?

4:55-5:00 Closing remarks (Rebecca Haacker-Santos, UCAR EO Workforce Development)



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