Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

DEI

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at CIRES

Hillside field of flowers with mountains in the distance
The Tetons tower above a cluster of Indian Paintbrush flowers in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
- James Mothersbaugh/CIRES

Vision

Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values at CIRES. Our lived commitment to these values shapes our work culture and is essential to how we practice excellence and integrity in environmental research. 

Mission

CIRES will advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in these ways:

  • Inclusive Workplace Culture: Fostering an inclusive, respectful culture that recognizes and embraces the diversity of our communities.
  • Diverse Workforce: Building capacity to successfully recruit and hire a diverse workforce.
  • Authentic Partnerships: Creating authentic partnerships with those who are most impacted by our work and with organizations that serve underrepresented and marginalized groups in environmental sciences.

At CIRES, we work to foster an inclusive, respectful culture that recognizes and embraces the diversity of our communities. 

Our goals include:

  • Enabling and encouraging inclusive supervision and mentoring
  • Building responsive feedback mechanisms
  • Offering responsive programming that supports the development of inclusive work environments
  • Supporting employees in documenting their DEI work annually
  • Annual reporting on the workplace culture and retention data

At CIRES, we are building capacity to successfully recruit and hire a diverse workforce. 

Our goals include:

  • Increased use of inclusive hiring strategies
  • Broadened recruiting efforts and strategic partnerships with minority-serving institutions (MSIs)
  • Engaged partnership with CU/NOAA affinity groups and developing CIRES employee resource groups 
  • Monitoring the outcomes of our recruiting, hiring, and retention efforts

At CIRES, we strive to create authentic partnerships with those who are most impacted by our work. 

Our goals include:

  • Improved awareness regarding cultural differences and effective relationship building with external communities
  • Education and outreach efforts that are culturally sensitive and broad-reaching
  • Collaborations with local communities that use our research to build environmental justice policy 
  • Regular trainings for science communicators on inclusive language and digital accessibility

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