Carnegie Mellon is an enigma in every sense of the word. As an academic institution, Carnegie Mellon is equipped with the power to leverage our research and creativity to create knowledge and contribute to greater understanding of critical societal challenges. “It started quietly. Carnegie Mellon first committed in 2019 to establish a new vice provost position to lead a university-wide office dedicated to providing accountability, leadership and resources for DEI initiatives. Students, faculty, and staff have driven the response to racism on campus. We convene these review boards periodically to assess the colleges and schools and other administrative units. We will fund a new CAUSE (Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy) initiative aimed at partnerships with academic units across CMU, especially the deep expertise within the Heinz College. [Ongoing], 5. We commit to engage every member of the CMU community in working together to build and sustain an inclusive culture that promotes equity for all and is intolerant of racism, discrimination and bias. You don’t have to make a strong statement because it is reliant on that,” England said, “Beyond brand management, the response to societal unrest and systemic universities is supposed to be forward-thinking and critical, but these statements seek to placate.”. If successful, we plan to add this training as a requirement for all incoming students in the future; similar elements will also be integrated into faculty orientation and staff onboarding. The website is meant to elevate those conversations.”, Chloe Wen, a sophomore in psychology, worked with a few members of No Tech for ICE in developing petitions that asks administration to take a stand against racial prejudice on campus and policing in Pittsburgh. GSA has released a resource guide along with their letter. Our neighbors in underserved communities tell us that, for many, CMU seems inaccessible and out of reach. The voices raised represent a broad cross-section of our society and they are echoing around the globe. [Pilot Launch in Fall 2020], 8. Consider the Libraries a trusted source for educational resources to learn more about racism and the practice of anti-racism. We recognize that we have a significant amount of work to do if we are to engage in sustainable intellectual change that can play a key role in the broader social, cultural and political progress needed. We affirm that our policies conform to “8 Can’t Wait,” a collection of eight police reforms put together by Campaign Zero, a Black Lives Matter-connected group, aimed at reducing police violence through data-driven solutions, including a ban on choke-holds and strangle-holds. We also have the power to apply our research and creativity towards creating actionable solutions to society’s most challenging issues. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our print materials are temporarily unavailable but we’ve curated a list of digital materials below that are all available to access immediately. This search will be co-chaired by professors Eric Anderson from the College of Fine Arts and Linda Babcock from the Dietrich College. We are also implementing “stay” interviews for managers to proactively retain talent. The purpose of that meeting was to provide a space for people to gather as a community and have good fellowship.”. The next line of the report reads, “If CMU maintains its rate of hiring, promotions, and exit rates of female and URM faculty, representation of URM faculty will decline over time and representation of female faculty will stagnate at its current level.”. Too many stories highlighted that the pain associated with systemic racism and structural barriers to access and opportunity in our society has only been heightened by times when CMU has not served its community better, and for that, I am truly sorry. It is our responsibility to work together – intentionally and with clarity of purpose – to assure that racism and injustice are not tolerated on our campus and to leverage our position of power and influence in advancing true progress in our society. dataLayer.push({ We will double the capacity of the Tartan Scholars program for first-year undergraduate students who are academically high-achieving and come from low-income backgrounds. “None of it addressed CMU’s own complicitness in racism both on campus and off… and none of it was action-oriented. These steps will also require changes to policies and structures at CMU and we are committed to making this progress. Black voices are suppressed and ignored. I am humbled by the insights gained from listening to these candid and courageous reflections. These events aim to bring top scholars and public officials from around the country to engage our campus community in dialogue and to create edited volumes of scholarship and policy interventions related to these topics. [Short-Term], 3. John Soluri, associate professor of history, started a petition that asks Carnegie Mellon to ensure all staff, contractors, and subcontractors are paid appropriately and have appropriate PPE for the duration of the pandemic. The petition for the removal of Richard Grenell has over 200 signatories. Accordingly, this fall we will launch an expanded website dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. A follow-up email from Provost Jim Garrett and Dean of Students Gina Casalegno, titled “Actions Against Racism,” was sent on June 8, but the only novel action proposed was a new “university-wide forum” that will begin in the fall. 'siteName': siteName, The cause of equity and justice will require never-ending effort in order to affect lasting change, and we commit to this long-term endeavor. Here are goals that Carnegie Mellon should plan to achieve in the future, to support this long fight for racial justice. Many of your suggestions emphasized the importance of transparent and sustained communications. Neti mentioned that some administrators are often myopically focusing on the good the university does, rather than engaging with the negative aspects of university life. ADVISING | Click ... Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University, maintains a very distinct and particular atmosphere. We acknowledge that, even as Pittsburgh experiences an economic renaissance, many of our closest neighbors are not able to reap these benefits. For the record, CMU does not have a formal relationship with PBP. He previously served as an assistant coach for five years at Whittier College, during which time he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) “30 Under 30” program. [Medium-Term], 3. Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to increasing the number of faculty who can make relevant curricular contributions to the study of race, we commit to expand our existing resources and to fund the development of new courses and degree programs that will further enhance our academic offerings in Black history, art and culture, and issues related to race and social justice. There are numerous examples that exemplify what CMU can achieve in our community through collaborative partnerships – including the data-driven interventions of the CREATE Lab to promote equity in housing, education, air quality and more; recent work being done by the School of Computer Science, the Simon Initiative and the Entertainment Technology Center to provide free access to Wi-Fi in high-need areas during the global pandemic; the collaboration of the Block Center for Technology and Society and Mobility21 to address systemic barriers to mobility through enhanced access to ride hailing services for low-income, single mothers in Pittsburgh; the collaboration with local high schools through the annual MLK Writing Awards; and the work of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry to help annotate and organize the archives of African-American photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris; and the arts and humanities education initiatives of Arts Greenhouse, just to name a few. We further recognize that it is our obligation to use our privilege, our influence, and our resources to extend the fight for racial equity beyond our campus. Moving forward, when entering into new contracts with vendors and contractors, the university will require that they describe their commitments to diversity and equitable and inclusive practices in writing. The Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and the student-run theatrical organization Scotch'n'Soda provides campus with a variety of performance arts events. We will make publicly available information on existing departmental policies, such as impartial policing and the use of force, officer training, including training on implicit bias, cultural sensitivity, communication, negotiation and de-escalation, as well as efforts to continually assess, refine and expand these efforts. The Carnegie Mellon University community stands unequivocally against racism and the systems that have perpetuated racial injustice. Our vision is not only for CMU to be a catalyst for positive change in Pittsburgh, but to create room for a research-to-practice endeavor at CMU that can be then emulated by every university in the U.S. If you care about racism, then the budget will reflect that, Neti said. So the website evolved from a place of how to uplift students who are already organizing, while recognizing that my voice doesn’t necessarily need to compete with others that are already organizing university-wide initiatives. To make our commitment actionable and accountable, we are putting forth a set of commitments and new initiatives today, which are outlined in more detail below and in a downloadable PDF. Another faculty petition has seen no public response from the university. The university will partner with organizations like the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and others to review and enhance our programs for giving such businesses easier access to CMU. This site will centralize statements and resources; share progress on our commitments and action steps; include resources on how to report incidents of bias and racism; and publicize relevant organizations and events. We are charging Angela Blanton, vice president and chief financial officer, to expand our Supplier Diversity Program to include a greater focus on procurement from locally owned businesses. There have been no statements that publicly denounce the policies cited in the petition that perpetuate the reality of systemic racism at Carnegie Mellon or in Pittsburgh. Along with many colleges and universities across the country, Carnegie Mellon University has pledged to help eradicate “systemic racism” from all facets of the nation’s institutions within and beyond academia. [Ongoing], 4. Lisha White contributed her own difficult position at Carnegie Mellon: “I have a responsibility to my research advisor and CMU to perform innovative research and outstanding deliverables. In the coming weeks, the leadership team will continue to hold conversations with key stakeholder groups, such as Faculty Senate, Staff Council, Student Government, leaders of academic and administrative units, alumni, local partners, and the CMU community members with whom we have been engaging throughout our planning. And yet, for others in the community these past few days are nothing new. In pursuit of these commitments, we propose 34 concrete actions, with short-, medium- and long-term horizons. There is a GoFundMe for Carnegie Mellon students to give back to the community. New processes for conducting management and senior leadership searches to improve their equity across multiple dimensions; New requirements for the awarding of professorships, including transparency from the deans on who was considered, who was selected and why; Increases in staff development opportunities, such as CMULead and, Expansion of unconscious bias training for search committees and interview teams, and new tools for recruiting more diverse pools of candidates; and. The past several weeks, we have heard from faculty, students, staff and alumni through emails, petitions, and conversations. The Center is also committed to reframing mentorship programs to work in close collaboration with alumni and career and professional development networks. [Medium-Term], 6. As we develop long-term plans that can help us achieve ambitious goals, we welcome ideas from all members of our academic community. ... Mame-Fatou Niang is an associate professor of French at Carnegie Mellon University. [Launch in Fall 2020]. 25) of The Tartan. They made a statement about “rededicating their lives,” which was the popular language of civil rights at the time, functioning in much the same way Kaushik sees “we see you, we hear you.”, Recently, a few students collected and synthesized some of the university’s archives, one student focused on Black students at Carnegie Mellon. The school is extremely intimate in size; most students can agree to knowing almost every person in their graduating class. We have partnered with Vibrant Pittsburgh to provide resources to our faculty and staff, including empowering employee affinity groups. We commit to do this through fundraising, external partnerships, re-prioritizing internal resources, and by enabling students, staff and faculty at CMU to directly engage on these projects as part of their core work. That said, we rely on their support, for example, when we host major events that require increased police capacity, such as our annual Commencement or high-profile visits like former President Barack Obama’s appearance during the Frontiers Conference in 2016. Part of this assessment must include a determination on the efficacy of standardized tests, taking into account mounting evidence that these testing practices only perpetuate racial bias in admissions across higher education. 'siteId': siteId, For example, since the College of Engineering’s DEI plan went into effect three years ago, the College of Engineering has hired 5 (with an additional outstanding offer to make 6) new Black or African American faculty. This is an uncomfortable reality, but if we do not confront it, we will not create true cultural change for CMU or for the communities we serve. Beyond the faculty and staff petitions, the GSA statement, and an open letter to President Jahanian organized by a few different student groups, there has been a wide-ranging response by students on campus, but no matter what, every group is demanding that Carnegie Mellon administration do more. It seems like we’re here just to say that ‘we have black people here.’”, “There’s a difference between maintaining the health of a community and managing a brand. A number of our faculty and staff have asked us to support them in developing “social capital” through community connections and networks. A mandatory black studies class, educational sessions on biases, and diversity would make Carnegie Mellon more inclusive. To ensure transparency and appropriate involvement in future projects that involve local communities, we are charging Vice President for Research Michael McQuade to lead a review of CMU’s processes for community engagement in community-based research. Testimonials of racist speech, racist acts, and accounts of institutionalized racism have taken place at Carnegie Mellon in the last two years. [Short-Term], 4. Tom Cortina Teaching Professor Computer Science Department Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University CONTACT ME. We will be sharing those with the community within the next two weeks.". Our libraries will also continue to develop collections of scholarly work that will strengthen our community’s exploration of diverse perspectives and study of societal issues, including racism. Although I understand that strategic change takes some time, especially during such an intense time in history, there is a sense of urgency that must come with this particular deliberation.”. We will begin with a pilot in the Dietrich College. Eiss wrote in an email, “As we developed it [Time to Stand Up], it seemed like something that seemed like it could be of wider interest, so we sent it to friends in a couple of [Dietrich College] depts to see if they wanted to sign on as well. Our campus community is fortunate to be served and protected by the CMU Police Department. The University Education Council is advancing a faculty-initiated proposal for inclusion of a DEI statement in course syllabi, including information on how to report bias, as a visible and pervasive message to all. }); The university has a strong Scottish motif inspired by Andrew Carnegie's Scottish heritage, as well as the Mellon family's Scots-Irish ancestry. UAA Conversations About Race and Racism: Ola Owudunni October 27, 2020 | Women's Track Ola Owodunni is a sophomore track and field student-athlete at Carnegie Mellon University. I am especially grateful to the leaders of our Black student organizations, as well as the leaders of CMU’s undergraduate and graduate student governments, whose engagement helped shape many of the ideas, and whose partnership we appreciate as we move forward. I believe that we feel like we are unheard because no one is trying to listen. Inevitably there will be those who think these initial steps go too far, and those who think they do not go far enough. The success of this program will also depend on supporting and expanding recruitment strategies that have proven successful to date, including the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP), among others. When you’re managing a brand, you’re relying on market values. All of these commitments and related actions will require accountability, leadership, and dedicated resources. A few of the members discussed specific things they’d like to see change. As we witness our nation confronting the legacy of racial injustice, we are committed to ensuring that Carnegie Mellon stands on the right side of history through bold and concrete actions moving forward. Executive Director M. Shernell Smith and the academic leadership will work together on ways for CMU faculty to engage more meaningfully with the Center. If the statements are designed to pacify the members of the institution, they have done a poor job of doing so. But we know that the only way to find meaningful solutions is to dig into this work together and in a way that is authentic to CMU. Malik Blackman originally thought the statement calling for the renewed search for a Vice Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was fine. And there are the beginnings of an organized student movement that intends to withhold their labor from the university until something changes. About Us | We commit to further diversify the speakers we bring to challenge, engage and educate the campus community on topics related to racism, equity and social justice. It is our responsibility to create new resources to support and expand these and other engagements. Purcell and England are not alone. Our University Libraries exist to help community members come together to discover and explore works of scholarship and imagination that represent diverse ideas and viewpoints. Anything less will simply not be enough. Farnam JahanianPresidentHenry L. Hillman President’s Chair. [Ongoing]. We undertake this important work bearing in mind that we are an academic community with the ability to create meaningful forums within which constructive dialogue can and should flourish. Stefanie Sydlik, associate professor of chemistry, posted a comment on the Carnegie Mellon Facebook page Overheard @ CMU, saying, “I'm proposing the inclusion of a Diversity statement in all syllabi and mandatory bias training at University Education Council. [Medium-Term], 2. We have a clear commitment for change and the passion and energy of talented faculty, staff and students. Things are changing, and students are taking action. Racial Prejudice at. [Ongoing]. The following commitments were listed, but are not limited to: The first came on May 30, where President Jahanian wrote: "At times like this we must reflect on what we can do to make society, including our own community, more just. CMU is pressuring me to choose and that’s not what I read on the CMU’s vision/mission/values page.”. Furthermore, we are charging Michelle Piekutowski to make select professional development training available to these contractors, especially related to DEI. Conlon Novak, a Master’s student in HCII, organized a website, demand-cmu.support/blm, that has collected the different actions, petitions, and resources developed by students. The Carnegie Mellon Tartans have a rich football history, finished 8-3 last fall and having enjoyed many winning seasons. In recognition of this, the libraries commit to reversing this trend with the creation of a fund to support the collection and processing of archives that represent underrepresented groups. 2. A fifth-year art student and No Tech for ICE member Darya Kharabi helped with the petitions and cmutestimonies.site. We support those exercising their right to protest for the protection of the historically marginalized and to speak out against senseless brutality at the hands of police. By Torsten Ove, Post-Gazette Staff Writer . This report will consolidate much already-collected data, such as the information we are required to disclose by the Clery Act. They write, “The lack of black faces at Dr. King’s memorial, the lack of Black peers on campus, and even the lack of Black voices in the conversations discussing the lack of Blackness, were all too telling to remain silent as a campus community. CMU faculty regularly engage in research that involves local communities, and in the case of this project, it is clear that the project should have more vigorously engaged the community in its early stages. Finally, I have a responsibility to myself to stay healthy and whole. Contact Us, list of policing technologies developed at Carnegie Mellon. We will take the following steps to enhance this work: 1. Purcell, who wrote that he was asked to edit the university’s statement, said that none of his edits made it into the final copy. Black students are a part of the constituency of the university, and the administration has not responded with direct action to the issues on campus. To aid this work, we commit to the following: 1. He will also recommend what expertise can be made available to all members of the research community wishing consultation or support on ethics and DEI issues in their research. Our goal must not be to create separate silos of knowledge, but to infuse a deep and sustained commitment to learning that will span the entire university. 67, No. And yet, those who knew — those who had been at Selma, or in Montgomery, or on the March to Washington — those who knew realized, slowly, sickeningly, that nothing had changed at all,” reads the April 10, 1968 edition (Vol. I am pleased to share that this search will be co-chaired by professors Eric Anderson from the College of Fine Arts and Linda Babcock from the Dietrich College. Thursday, May 31, 2001. [Medium-Term], 7. We are charging Provost Garrett and Dean of Admission Mike Steidel to undertake a comprehensive examination of our admissions and financial aid policies and practices. They’re also both frustrated with the university’s response to racism on campus. [Medium- to Long-Term], 6. The goal is for the Swartz Center to become a unique convening site, where these local entrepreneurs can access resources and consultation on how best to integrate digital technologies and best practices into their businesses. Student Affairs is partnering with campus experts to develop brand new orientation sessions addressing civility, bias, inclusion and anti-racism that will be added to both undergraduate and graduate orientation this August. “When the time came, we felt it was time to utilize our own skills and capabilities and our own social networks, to use whatever we have for good, basically,” they said. Carnegie Mellon first committed in 2019 to establish a new vice provost position to lead a university-wide office dedicated to providing accountability, leadership and resources for DEI initiatives. [Launch in Fall 2020; Long-Term], 2. Purcell cited the university materials about its core mission, saying that it is good stuff, but the issue is that the statements released by the university don’t live up to those values and don’t represent the constituency of the university. We are grateful for all of your suggestions and have given each one thorough consideration. [Medium- to Long-Term], 2. I am grateful for the thoughtful input from faculty, students, staff, alumni, trustees and other partners in formulating this road map, which amounts to the boldest and most sweeping plan in our university’s history tto promote a more diverse, inclusive, equitable CMU. In addition to actions previously outlined regarding admissions, the Office of Admission will also expand its engagement with Pittsburgh area schools and deepen our relationships with their college counselors. In the late 90s/ early 2000s the university put in a [conscious] effort to combat sexism and consequently we are one of the leaders in STEMinism. 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