Carnegie Mellon University

A Commitment to Action

On November 8, 2019, President Farnam Jahanian formed the Campus Climate Implementation Steering Committee in response to findings from the Interim Report on Progress and Goals of the Task Force on Campus Climate.

This committee will meet regularly to review current systems and policies, and prioritize and help implement action items, including advising units across campus on the needed resources.

The committee will also work together to develop measurements and metrics to help us track our university's progress. 

Steering Implementation Committee Members

James H. Garrett Jr.
Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Linda Babcock
Head of the Social and Decision Sciences Department in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the James M. Walton Professor of Economics

Shawn Blanton
Associate Department Head for Research
Trustee Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering

Gina Casalegno
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Becky Culyba
Associate Provost

David Danks
Department Head & L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jodi Forlizzi
Geschke Director and Professor
Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Ayana Ledford
Executive Director of PROGRESS
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Heinz College and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Michelle Piekutowski
Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Jeanne VanBriesen
Vice Provost for Faculty
Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy,
Director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (Water QUEST)

Daryl Weinert
Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

University Commitments and Action Items

In addition to forming the Implementation Steering Committee, the university has committed to the following action items: 

  1. Create an office under the provost dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion
  2. Create a Target of Opportunity Fund to support recruitment and retention
  3. Develop a five-year strategic diversity, equity and inclusion plan for academic and administrative units
  4. Develop and improve policies for faculty, staff and leadership searches, services, awards and recognitions
  5. Improve awareness programming, training related to diversity and inclusion
  6. Improve communication related to diversity and inclusion activities 
  7. Expand faculty and staff leadership development
  8. Increase and sustain investment in student success and experience

Studies show that when diverse groups look at issues they often come up with better solutions to problems, especially complex problems.