Collaborative Culture & Climate

Strategic Recommendation

Foster a climate for intentional interaction and collaboration between individuals and groups from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

  • Create a coordinated infrastructure that supports student success from prospective students’ first inquiries through their lives as alumni.
  • Focus on under-represented groups, including women in certain fields, under-represented minorities, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and others.
  • Reinforce throughout the community a fundamental personal respect for all individuals, underscored by civility, active engagement, transparency, and support.
  • Engage community members in ongoing and meaningful intergroup dialogues to engender global understanding and perspectives; identify opportunities to better integrate U.S. and international students.
  • Provide curricular and metacurricular activities to benefit students, faculty, and staff in a multicultural environment.
  • Emphasize international exploration for students, including short-term and semester- or yearlong study-abroad programs, internships overseas, and the opportunity to spend time at CMU campuses outside Pittsburgh. Provide professional opportunities for faculty, staff, and alumni to grow in cross-cultural competency.


Recent Accomplishments

  • In April 2016, CMU announced the creation of the President’s Advisory Board for the CMU Experience, a group of national experts charged with providing insights and expertise to the president to help enrich the CMU Experience. The board met for the first time in November 2016, and made a number of insightful recommendations.
  • Also in April 2016, then-Provost Farnam Jahanian convened an internal, campus-wide task force to closely examine the Carnegie Mellon experience and develop and implement recommendations to enhance this community for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Task Force has continued its work through 2017 under the leadership of Interim Provost Laurie Weingart.
  • CMU launched a new diversity and inclusion website to highlight our richly varied community, and call attention to opportunities to engage across campus.
  • 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.
  • Students, faculty, and staff continue to be deeply engaged in a dialog on difficult issues facing CMU and the broader global community; one example is the Racism is Real Speaker Series.