CSE Diversity Issues

Climate Activities Coordination

This list is regularly updated with ongoing efforts by faculty and students within CSE to address climate issues. The particular activities were selected by a survey of different CSE populations, the results of which are published here.

Each project lists one or more coordinating faculty and meeting information. Any students or community members who are interested in getting involved with a project should click on the meeting information link. Since these activities are just starting, regular meeting times may not yet be listed.


Medium-Term Activities

“Advisor Changes” 

Create and publicize guidelines explaining how graduate students are supported and protected during advisor conflicts or changes.

Coordinating Faculty: Alanson Sample, Trevor Mudge

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Career Information” 

Provide information earlier in the degree program about multiple available career options.

Coordinating Faculty: Alanson Sample (for Grads), Baris Kasikci (for Undergrads)

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Exam Weights”

Identify classes with disproportionately high grade weightings on a few examinations and revisit those assessment policies.

Coordinating Faculty: to be determined

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Effective Office Hours”

Provide IAs, GSIs and instructors with additional training on holding effective office hours.

Coordinating Faculty: Amir Kamil

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Inclusive Environment” 

Improving outreach, recruitment, and retention, as well as providing an inclusive environment for underrepresented minorities.

Coordinating Faculty: Wes Weimer, to be determined

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Inclusive Teaching” 

Expand CSE-specific inclusive teaching training to reach more IAs, GSIs and instructors.

Coordinating Faculty: to be determined

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Reporting Information” 

Display posters explaining procedures and options for anonymously reporting misconduct around Beyster (e.g., in public spaces, restrooms, etc.).

Coordinating Faculty: to be determined

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

Longer-Term Activities

“Increase Capacity”

Increase capacity in upper-level courses and develop a waiting list policy that allows more students into their top-choice classes.

Coordinating Faculty: to be determined

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Office Hours Crowding” 

Reduce overcrowding in office hours and provide support for IAs and GSIs to reserve space elsewhere on Central or North Campus.

Coordinating Faculty: Drew DeOrio

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Hire Teachers”

Hire more teaching-focused faculty (e.g., lecturers).

Coordinating Faculty: Drew DeOrio

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Transparency” 

Increase transparency involving decisions and processes such as hiring, enrollment, budgeting, and investigations of misconduct.

Coordinating Faculty: Wes Weimer

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Lab Culture” 

Improve laboratory culture and promote positive student-to-student working interactions.

Coordinating Faculty: Alanson Sample, David Fouhey

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Overwork”

Develop policies and support to combat the culture of overwork and “grinding”.

Coordinating Faculty: David Fouhey

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Mental Health”

Provide stress, emotional wellbeing and mental health support services focused on CSE without requiring a trip to CAPS.

Coordinating Faculty: Rada Mihalcea

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Course Policies” 

Revisit GPA and waiting list policies that may disproportionately impact certain groups (e.g., AP/IB credit favors higher socioeconomic-status schools that offer more such courses).

Coordinating Faculty: to be determined

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!

“Promotion and Tenure”

Increase student feedback into, and involvement in, the faculty promotion and tenure process.

Coordinating Faculty: Mark Guzdial

Meeting Information: sign up if you are interested!