Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Addressing Bias in Professional relationships: From the office to the field

Have you ever heard a comment from a colleague that is based in some underlying assumption about your or another colleague's ability? Need advice on how to handle a situation like this in your office/lab or in field? Join CGA for a discussion with a panel of distinguished guests who will share valuable insights on bias and discrimination. Learn about the different approaches you can take based on what kind of position you hold in your career and help us open up this discussion further with your insightful questions!

Dr. Susan Sullivan, CIRES
Susan Sullivan is the Director of the Diversity and Inclusion program at CIRES.  Her role includes recruiting a broad talent pool and supporting an inclusive workplace culture at CIRES where all can thrive in their chosen career path. 

Dr. Kristy Tiampo, CIRES
Dr. Kristy Tiampo is the Director of the Earth Science and Observation Center in CIRES and a Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. She obtained her PhD in Geophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, after practicing as a construction engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers for almost 10 years. At EOSC, her focus has expanded to the development of interdisciplinary initiatives into a wider variety of natural hazards and techniques, with the goal of fostering new remote sensing initiatives with resident and affiliated researchers. 

Dr. Hazel Bain, CIRES
Dr. Hazel Bain is a CIRES Research Scientist based at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. She has a strong interest in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM because she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be present, to be heard, and to be treated fairly. Biases, both explicit and implicit, often stand in the way of this. Implicit biases, in particular, are something that we all have and need to be aware of in order to reduce their impacts. She recently convened a panel on implicit bias at the AGU Fall meeting in order to connect experts in this field with our scientific community, with the goal of furthering our communities awareness of implicit biases

Dr. Chelsea Thompson, Scientific Aviation
Dr. Thompson is an atmospheric chemist who, until recently, was a CIRES researcher in the NOAA Chemical Sciences Division. She is an experienced field scientist, having worked at various ground sites including the Alaskan Arctic and the oil and gas fields of Utah, and flown on large-scale airborne missions with NOAA and NASA. Chelsea is now a recovering academic working in business development at Scientific Aviation, a private airborne measurements company based locally in Boulder.

Recording of panel:


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
2:00 pm


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