Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES DEI Strategic Plan

How CIRES is Integrating Principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into Its Culture

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CIRES is committed to being an inclusive, anti-oppressive, anti-racist organization. To this end, we are taking an organizational development approach which interrogates our policies, systems, institutional data, and practices to eradicate bias and exclusionary presumptions, where they may exist. We are working to develop a culture in which people have clear expectations, fair processes and systems, and positive support to bring their whole self to work. 

Director’s Statement

Dear CIRES colleagues,

CIRES is working to enact diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice among our core values. We choose to do this because it is the right thing to do and is a matter of integrity, and because doing so is a cornerstone of our continued success. 

We are committed to doing the work it will take to enact these values, which will require commitment and effort across the institute and at all levels. We pledge to ensure that CIRES is a place where the talents of all individuals are cultivated, recognized, and appreciated, which requires a hard look at our processes and outcomes. 

As Director of CIRES, I am personally committed to this effort because to me, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, are far more than words that capture important concepts; they are values - values we should not just try to live up to, but commit to achieving and surpassing. 

This CIRES DEI plan includes strategic intentions meant to ensure that our culture is one that supports and enhances our ability to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and our ability to establish meaningful powerful partnerships. We commit to transparency throughout the process, and we always welcome your feedback on our plans and your thoughts on how we can do better.

Please join us in promoting DEI efforts at CIRES, in whatever capacity is appropriate for your role. We all have a greater sphere of influence than we know. 

Thank you for your active support of these efforts, and your commitment to the principles that drive them. 

Waleed Abdalati

We welcome your feedback on our draft strategic plan for CIRES Diversity and Inclusion. Your response is anonymous.

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