UCAR/NCAR Diversity Highlights

UCAR/NCAR Diversity Highlights

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Educational and Outreach Efforts

  • Building sustained partnerships with schools that educate a large percentage of minority students

o    Building collaborative research relations with diverse communities.

  • Involving a graduate student from Howard University to participate in the NASA GRIP Hurricane Research Field Program and leading the student into her Ph.D. research
  • Inviting students from Hispanic serving institutions and tribal colleges to expose them to careers in the atmospheric and related sciences (click here to view final report)
  • Enhancing NCAR's partnership with Howard University in atmospheric chemistry research (click here to view final report)
  • Exposing and engaging upper elementary to high school-level students from the predominately under-served Denver Metro regions to careers in the atmospheric sciences, and mathematical models, super computers, visualizations (MESA to mesa final report), NCAR Command Language data analysis (click here to view CISL Outreach and Training program summary
  • Providing summer internships in Parallel Computational Science (Increasing the diversity of CISL's Summer Internship program)
  • Invite students from tribal colleges to 1. Identify research priorities that align with tribal priorities 2. Expose students to careers in the atmospheric and related sciences, 3. Connect interested students to internships (Final report)
  • High school internship program to help build a pipeline to the atmospheric and related science. (Final report)
  • Enable visits to universities that confer a large number of undergraduate engineering degrees to minority students. (Final report)
  • Establish a colaboration between students, mostly local to Puerto Rico that will allow the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) to bcome aware of NCAR's opportunities and geosciences opportunities. (Final report)

o    Reaching out to the community, especially Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) and accredited postsecondary minority institutions

  • Inviting students from a subset of carefully chosen accredited postsecondary minority institutions to NSF’s lower atmospheric observational facilities (Careers in Science Project)
  • Partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities:
    • Teaching at Hampton University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) (See final report)
    • Teaching at University of New Mexico, and collaborative research with Indian Health Services on climate and health issues facing the Navajo Nation (see final report)
    • Teaching at University of Texas, El Paso, an HSI (see final report)
    • Teaching at University of New Mexico, and collaborative research with Indian Health Services on climate and health issues facing the Navajo Nation (see final report)
  • Cooperating with Dine (Navajo) College of Environmental Science to deploy a CO2 analyzer at the Navajo reservation in Northeastern Arizona and determine the regional CO2 surface fluxes in the area (See project final report).
  • Enhancing Engagement of Underrepresented Groups in the Computational Geosciences (final report)
  • Expanding Your Horizons conference - support for a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) conference for middle school girls held at the University of Colorado (final report)
  • Pre-College Internship and Research Opportunities Program (final report):
    • Involve more NCAR Scientists and Engineers in the recruiting and mentoring process
    • Expand student recruitment beyond the Denver-Boulder area
  • Teaching at University of Texas, El Paso, an HSI. Enhance opportunities for the participation of minority students from the University of Texas El Paso in atmospheric research (Final report)
  • Expanding your horizons conference - cover part of the cost of registration fee waivers and the room rental fees (Final report)
  • NCAR presence at the 2013 SACNAS Annual National Conference: raise awareness about NCAR’s science among students from traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM by attending, recruiting and presenting(Final report)

o    Building relationship with the CU BOLD (Broadening Opportunity through Leadership & Diversity project) (click here to view project summary)

o   Facilitating partnerships: The Memorandum of Understanding between UCAR, Howard, Jackson State, North Carolina A&T, Hampton, and Wyoming helped facilitate a partnership with the NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences proposal. NCAR would support a workshop, host postdoctoral fellows, and provide ASP postdocs to visit one historically black college or university (HBCU)

o    Partnering with other institutions: The Directors of the Advanced Study Program and the Atmospheric Chemistry Division at NCAR and the Director of NC A&T, the NOAA ISET (Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology - a cooperative center with ESRL) collaborated together.  NCAR sent five seminar speakers to NC A&T in January 2010.

o    Hosting a 2011 summer internship program for high school students to pursue the atmospheric and related science (2011 High School Internship and Research Opportunities project (click here to view final report)


Promoting Diversity within NCAR

  • Providing resources for the NCAR ESL staff to improve their English communication skills (See ESL Communication Skills project; ESL web site)
  • Providing staff training to address unconscious gender bias, and provide strategies to overcome the bias.(See Virginia Valian workshop project)
  • Connecting women across all facets of the earth sciences (see Annual ESWN In-Person Networking Event project)
  • Establishing a UCAR Diversity Award: The NCAR Diversity Committee campaigned to provide a UCAR Diversity Award.(See Outstanding Accomplishments Awards)
  • Including NCAR employees' diversity activities the employee’s performance appraisal: The NCAR Diversity Committee campaigned to include this metric in the annual employee evaluation process.
  • Increasing diversity recruiting through advertising (see Diversity Recruiting Through Advertising project final report)
  • Enhancing relocation guideline to allow a 3rd option of partial funding for relocation(adding to full or no relocation) to provide options to require best candidates, increase diversity pool.  The NCAR Diversity Committee campaigned to provide a 3rd option of partial relocation funding.
  • Enhancing the UCAR Hiring process to provide motivation for outreach to diverse populations, including diversity web sites as resource for hiring supervisors.
  • Inviting input: the American Physical Society Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (APS CSWP) was invited to assess the women at NCAR.
  • Assessing the Climate for Women at NCAR/UCAR/UOP
  • UCAR has established a child care option: Family childcare
  • Hosting a Hispanic listening conference (See Denver Listening Conference Summary; see Staff Notes article)  
  • Women Organizing Research and Leading Science (WORLS) seminar series (final report)
  • The Earth Science Women's Network's (ESWN) first annual professional development workshop was held June 6-8, 2011 at NCAR.  Funds to support a panel discussion and dinner were provided. (Final report)