Climate, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee

COMMITTEE CHARGE
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CDEI Steering Committee Updates

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Faculty & Staff Wellness & Professional Development Committee Updates

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Postdoc Community Committee Updates

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Faculty Mentor Training Action Team Updates

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Grad Recruiting & Retention Action Team

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CDEI Resource Canvas Modules

Faculty

Staff

Graduate Students & Postdocs

At the request of the Climate, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (CDEI) Committee, a group of graduate students & postdocs created a Canvas site that compiles CDEI resources that are specifically relevant for chemistry graduate students and postdocs. The resources on this site are separated into Modules to help you find what you’re looking for. Module topics include: Event Calendars, Disability Resources, Teaching and Mentoring Resources, Racial & Cultural Diversity Resources, Reporting & Conflict Resolution Resources, and many others. We hope that this site will serve as a useful guide any time you’re seeking support or information on a variety of CDEI-related topics.

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Vision Statement

The Department of Chemistry is committed to creating an environment where every member of our community is valued, feels a sense of belonging, and has the opportunity to thrive as their authentic selves. We embrace diverse identities, cultural backgrounds, and viewpoints, and we are committed to creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment that provides equitable opportunities for all our community members. We recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential to all aspects of department governance and critical to reaching our full potential as world-class leaders in scholarly research, education, and service.

Mission 

To be a world-class leader in scholarly research, education, and service that draws from and supports members from around the world.

Values

  1. The Department of Chemistry believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are critically important. We recognize diversity to include a wide range of individuals with a multitude of personal experiences and backgrounds; this includes but is not limited to individuals of varying racial and ethnic identity (including Black, Hispanic & Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islanders), gender identity, LGBTQIA+ status, disability status, nationality, religious affiliation, age, immigration status (including DREAMers), and socioeconomic background. We believe that through a celebration of the whole individual, we can cultivate a community in which all of our students, staff, and faculty thrive.
  2. We acknowledge the past and present social injustices, exclusionary practices, trauma, microaggressions, prejudice, and harms that the Department has perpetuated, which have engendered inequitable opportunities within our community. We commit to ongoing reflection to identify and address these and other emergent structural violence.
    Goals:

    • Set specific, measurable, and transparent timelines to increase the representation of minoritized groups in all positions within the Department while monitoring these efforts with concrete metrics and reporting them in a way that is easily accessible to the community.
    • Establish teaching and learning practices to address conscious and unconscious bias, racism, ableism, sexism, and other forms of oppression to shape a more equitable learning environment for all students.
    • Develop and motivate participation in educational opportunities relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These include bystander, anti-racism, aggression, and bias training for Departmental members.
    • Commit to resourcing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and affinity organizations, such as Catalyst, Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPs), National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Queer+ in Chem (QiC), The Benzine, and Women in Chemistry (WIC).
    • Incentivize all research groups to draft group expectations documents to clarify policies such as work expectations, research milestones, conflict resolution, vacation, etc.
    • Incentivize participation in DEI work by including it in job descriptions for explicit recognition and compensation
    • Launch programs to recognize and reward efforts that enhance the community’s understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Build a well-advertised and maintained support structure to provide resources to address health, wellness, and family needs. The primary focus is to support the unique needs and backgrounds of new arrivals, graduate students, and international students.
    • Design a sustainable structure to amplify and respond to the voices of minoritized persons within the Department.
    • Create clear feedback mechanisms to report observed and experienced acts of bias, hostility, harassment, and aggression. These mechanisms should comprise various public and anonymous channels so that the individuals who take these steps are supported and free from persecution.
    • Dismantle policies that lead to systemic inequalities within the Department while crafting new policies, as necessary, to acknowledge and combat existing bias.
    • Consult with Department and campus-specific experts and advisors on diversity, equity, and inclusion towards advancing and broadening this document’s vision, mission, goals, and actionable items.
  3. We commit to creating a safe social climate free of injustice, exclusion, aggression, harassment, and prejudice for all community members, and we pledge to use open and transparent communication to help dismantle these oppressive institutional elements.
  4. We believe that all individuals in the Department contribute to its climate and are accountable for their impact.

Our Shared Future: We acknowledge the circumstances that led to the forced removal of the Ho-Chunk people from Teejop and honor their history of resistance and resilience. Please see Chancellor Blank’s statement for more information.

CDEI Steering Committee

Boydston, AJ

Position title: Associate Professor of Chemistry, Yamamoto Family Professor, Affiliate in MSE and CBE

Email: aboydston@wisc.edu

Bates, Desiree

Position title: Computational Chemistry Leader

Email: dmbates@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.6936

Driscoll, Kayla

Position title: Executive Assistant to the Chair, Associate Director of Faculty Services

Email: kayla.driscoll@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.1480

Horsfall, Char

Position title: Human Resources Specialist

Email: chorsfall@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-5927

Shanks, Robert

Position title: Senior Instrument Technologist

Email: rbshanks@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.0563

Blackwell, Helen

Position title: Norman C. Craig Professor of Chemistry, Associate Chair for the Graduate Program

Email: blackwell@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.1503

Burstyn, Judith

Position title: Irving Shain Chair of Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry

Email: burstyn@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.0328 lab, 608.262.8005 chair's office

Eisenhart, Joann

Credentials: Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Position title: Retired Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Northwestern Mutual

Email: steinhartmail60@gmail.com

Higgins, Peyton

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: pmhiggins@wisc.edu

Ediger, Mark D.

Position title: Hyuk Yu Professor of Chemistry

Email: ediger@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.7273

Schwartz, Michael

Position title: Director - Sustainable Nanotechnology Center

Email: mpschwartz@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.263.7457

Barta, Cheri

Position title: Undergraduate Research Director

Email: cbarta@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.6533

Lemire, Beatriz

Position title: Administrative Assistant & Orientation & Grad Recruiting Lead

Email: beatriz.lemire@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.890.0298

Howe, Morgan

Position title: Postdoc

Email: mhowe4@wisc.edu

Jones, Zachary

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: zjones2@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.9081

Sibert, Ned

Position title: Professor of Chemistry

Email: sibert@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.0265

Yoon, Tehshik P.

Position title: Professor of Chemistry

Email: tyoon@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.2268

CDEI Standing Committees

Faculty & Staff Wellness & Professional Development Committee

Kayla Driscoll

Position title: Executive Assistant to the Chair, Associate Director of Faculty Services

Email: kayla.driscoll@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.1480

Address:
1121 Chemistry

Ariel Andrea

Position title: Chemistry Librarian (handles publications for the department)

Email: ariel.andrea@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-4423

Address:
2132 Chemistry

Allice Dang

Position title: Assistant Faculty Associate - CLC

Email: adang2@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-265-5497

Char Horsfall

Position title: Human Resources Specialist

Email: chorsfall@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-5927

Address:
1120 Chemistry
Business Services

Silvia Cavagnero

Position title: Professor of Chemistry

Email: cavagnero@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.5430

Address:
Room 5357, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ryan Stowe

Position title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email: rstowe@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.890.2568

Address:
Room 1305A, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Postdoc Community Committee

Daniel Weix

Position title: Wayland E. Noland Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Email: dweix@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.0541

Spring Knapp

Position title: Laboratory Manager

Email: sknapp3@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.265.8192

Char Horsfall

Position title: Human Resources Specialist

Email: chorsfall@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-5927

Arrietta Clauss

Position title: Graduate Program Director

Email: awclauss@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.0363

Corey Jones

Credentials: Schomaker Group

Position title: Postdoc

Email: cljones24@wisc.edu

CDEI Action Teams

Faculty Mentor Training Action Team

Boydston, AJ

Position title: Associate Professor of Chemistry, Yamamoto Family Professor, Affiliate in MSE and CBE

Email: aboydston@wisc.edu

Barta, Cheri

Position title: Undergraduate Research Director

Email: cbarta@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.6533

Jenkins, Cara

Position title: Administrative Specialist

Email: clbradfo@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.265.6233

Pazicni, Sam

Position title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email: sam.pazicni@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.263.5801

Smith, Amber

Credentials: WISCIENCE

Position title: Associate Director of WISCIENCE & Director of Research Mentor and Mentee Training

Email: amber.smith@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.265.0850

Grad Recruiting & Retention Action Team

Helen Blackwell

Position title: Norman C. Craig Professor of Chemistry, Associate Chair for the Graduate Program

Email: blackwell@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.1503

Address:
Room 5211A, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue,
Madison, WI 53706

Arrietta Clauss

Position title: Graduate Program Director

Email: awclauss@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.0363

Address:
Room 2108, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Taylor Mathewson

Position title: Student Services Coordinator

Email: tmathewson@wisc.edu

Address:
Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Desiree Bates

Position title: Computational Chemistry Leader

Email: dmbates@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.6936

Address:
Room 9307, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Robert J. Hamers

Position title: Professor of Chemistry, Steenbock Professor of Physical Science

Email: rjhamers@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.6371

Address:
Room 3357, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Tehshik P. Yoon

Position title: Professor of Chemistry

Email: tyoon@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.2268

Address:
Room 5317A, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Cheri Barta

Position title: Undergraduate Research Director

Email: cbarta@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.6533

Address:
Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Andrew R. Buller

Position title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email: arbuller@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.265.8431

Address:
Room 5112, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Heike Hofstetter

Position title: Asst Dir NMR Lab - CIC

Email: hofstetter@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.7536

Address:
Room 2201B, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Michelle Akana

Credentials: Weix Group

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: makana@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.9234‬

Address:
5122 Chemistry Building

Meghan Campbell

Credentials: Buller Group

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: mecampbell2@wisc.edu

Phone: 214.952.3735

Address:
5116 Chemistry Building

Maryam Bakhtiari

Credentials: Rienstra Group

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: mbakhtiari@wisc.edu

Faculty Recruiting & Retention Action Team

Boydston, AJ

Position title: Associate Professor of Chemistry, Yamamoto Family Professor, Affiliate in MSE and CBE

Email: aboydston@wisc.edu

Ediger, Mark D.

Position title: Hyuk Yu Professor of Chemistry

Email: ediger@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.7273

Cavagnero, Silvia

Position title: Professor of Chemistry

Email: cavagnero@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.5430

Staff Recruiting & Retention Action Team

Bates, Desiree

Position title: Computational Chemistry Leader

Email: dmbates@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.6936

Horsfall, Char

Position title: Human Resources Specialist

Email: chorsfall@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-5927

Lemire, Beatriz

Position title: Administrative Assistant & Orientation & Grad Recruiting Lead

Email: beatriz.lemire@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.890.0298