Best Practices in Diversity & Inclusion

Strategic Recommendation

Support diversity and inclusion initiatives with appropriate resources and advance best practices in recruiting from diverse populations.

As CMU strives to recruit outstanding faculty, students, and staff, it must continue to set a tone at all levels of leadership that stresses the critical importance of diversity, and hold university leaders and community members accountable for progress.

  • Develop and implement tools and programs to optimize practices in diversity and inclusion throughout the university community.
  • Enhance standards for recruiting practices, including mandatory training in implicit bias for search committees, cross-departmental sharing of finalists to fill vacant positions, and a focus on recruiting diverse personnel at all levels of leadership.
  • Carefully cultivate and mentor existing talent at the undergraduate and graduate levels to broaden pools of prospective candidates for key positions.
  • Identify and institute best practices in student recruitment, admissions decision making, and enrollment to recruit a strong and diverse student body.

Recent Accomplishments

  • In 2017, women made up the majority of first-year undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon University for the first time, a distinctive milestone among top-ranked universities that award the majority of their undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • This follows exciting news in 2016, when the number of women undergraduates at CMU reached a new high-water mark, with women making up 48% of the incoming class in the School of Computer Science and 43% of the College of Engineering, between two and three times the national averages for those fields.
  • Launched in Fall 2017, Carnegie Mellon's Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion offers resources to enhance the student experience in dimensions such as access, success, campus climate and intergroup dialogue.  The Center supports and connects historically underrepresented students and those who are first in their family to attend college in a setting where students’ differences and talents are guided, appreciated and reinforced.
  • For faculty, the College of Engineering has launched the Center for Faculty Success, which features a training program designed to reduce unconscious bias for search committees, now available to the entire CMU community.
  • Also for faculty, in 2016 CMU published faculty recruitment checklist to propagate best practices for hiring across the university.
  • For staff, CMU continues to take unprecedented steps to recruit outstanding individuals from diverse backgrounds at the leadership level, and to empower our recruiters to focus on attracting diverse talent throughout the university.