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.
  • Also in April 2016, now interim president Farnam Jahanian was charged with convening 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.
  • CMU launched a new diversity and inclusion website to highlight our richly varied community, and to call attention to opportunities to engage across campus.
  • 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.