Diversity, Inclusion & ACCESS in CEE

We believe that scientific, societal, engineering and educational challenges relevant to our mission are best addressed by embracing diverse perspectives and experiences. The Civil and Environmental Engineering department strives to maintain an inclusive environment and is actively engaged in initiatives that support this philosophy.

“Enhancing diversity in research teams results in more innovation around complex problems.”

 

-CSM Strategic Plan for DI&A

“Study after study shows that diversity in groups and organizations results in increased financial performance, reduced employee turnover and increased satisfaction.”

 

-CSM Strategic Plan for DI&A

“Mines is a place where we welcome, respect and support people of all backgrounds. The responsiblity for ensuring that inclusive community extends to us all.”

 

-CSM Strategic Plan for DI&A

“I am commited to a group culture that is built on mutual respect and inclusion, where everyone can thrive.”

 

-Prof. Lori E. Tunstall

Diversity, Inclusion & ACCESS in CEE

We believe that scientific, societal, engineering and educational challenges relevant to our mission are best addressed by embracing diverse perspectives and experiences. The Civil and Environmental Engineering department strives to maintain an inclusive environment and is actively engaged in initiatives that support this philosophy.

“Enhancing diversity in research teams results in more innovation around complex problems.”

 

-CSM Strategic Plan for DI&A

“Study after study shows that diversity in groups and organizations results in increased financial performance, reduced employee turnover and increased satisfaction.”

 

-CSM Strategic Plan for DI&A

“Mines is a place where we welcome, respect and support people of all backgrounds. The responsiblity for ensuring that inclusive community extends to us all.”

 

-CSM Strategic Plan for DI&A

“I am commited to a group culture that is built on mutual respect and inclusion, where everyone can thrive.”

 

-Prof. Lori E. Tunstall

About US

DI&A Vision statement

The vision of the CEE DI&A committee is to provide a culture of inclusion for everyone that engages with our department.

DI&A Goals

  • Attract, retain and graduate a thriving and diverse student body
  • Attract, retain, develop, and promote a thriving and diverse employee community
  • Cultivate an inclusive campus culture that promotes and celebrates inclusion and and achievement
  • Inspire shared responsibility, participation, and accountability for DI&A efforts across the Mines community

Student Organizations

Research shows that students are more successful when they have a sense of belonging. Check out these organizations for opportunities to find a community where you can belong.

 

Women in Civil & Environmental Engineering 2021

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Diverse Communities* in Civil & Environmental Engineering 2021

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*These communities include American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander and multiple races

 

Our Committee

Associate Professor Jointly Appointed

Eric Anderson

Professor Anderson has direct experience with how diversity in science and engineering and an inclusive workplace can help procure a healthy and innovative research environment. He is interested in expanding access to higher-education and STEM fields by learning about the many barriers that exist and finding ways to break them down or find ways to accommodate otherwise excluded groups. He has first-hand experience with how classic modes of learning and assessment, for example, impose unnecessary barriers, and so he’s committed to supporting an inclusive campus and classroom. For questions or to set up a time to talk, don’t hesitate to reach out: ejanderson@mines.edu.

Teaching Professor

Joe Crocker 

I have been teaching at at CSM for over 19 years. As a member of an underrepresented minority in my profession, I have faced many situations in and out of school where more diversity and an atmosphere of inclusion would have been very welcome. I obtained my MS and PhD as a “non-traditional” student. Consequently, I know not only how important it is to our students to feel included and accepted in our community, I also know the very positive impact such inclusion has on their perspective and learning outcomes they achieve. Please reach out anytime (jcrocker@mines.edu)!

Teaching Professor

Andres Guerra

Professor Guerra has been the faculty advisor for the Colorado School of Mines Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers since 2012. He enjoys this opportunity to get to know students outside of the classroom and work with different departments across campus aimed at promoting inclusive excellence. Professor Guerra has a strong appreciation for the values that each person can offer and how different backgrounds and experiences can intertwine to create a better community. For questions or to set up a time to chat, aguerra@mines.edu.

Assistant Professor

Lori Tunstall

Professor Tunstall has experienced work environments that are uniquely opposed–diverse and inclusive, homogeneous and exclusive.  She has witnessed first-hand how a group culture can shape creativity, productivity, retention, and joy.  Prof. Tunstall seeks to ensure a positive, productive environment for every Oredigger and earnestly wants to be an advocate for those who feel isolated and/or oppressed. Please reach out anytime (ltunstall@mines.edu)!

DI&A formal training:  Colorado School of Mines SafeZone Ally Training.

Teaching Assistant Professor

Chelsea Panos

Professor Panos became passionate about diversity-related issues and initiatives during graduate school. Serving on multiple diversity-related committees gave her experience and education on a wide range of topics that broadened her understanding of diversity issues. Prof. Panos’ values surrounding DI&A have also been formed by her own perspectives as a disabled person with multiple invisible chronic illnesses. By sharing this aspect of her identity with her students, she hopes to validate, support, and advocate for their own diverse identities. Prof. Panos believes that knowledge about DI&A is not inherent and requires continued effort in learning about different perspectives, existing biases, accessible design, and best practices. It is her intention as a professor to continue her efforts and passion for diversity, inclusion, and access in her classroom, department, and university. Like others on this committee, her door (CO 246) and inbox (cpanos@mines.edu) are always open!

DI&A formal training: Colorado School of Mines SafeZone Ally Training

Academic Advisor

Dana Morrison

During her graduate program, Dana focused her studies on diversity and inclusion within college admissions recruitment processes. She loves learning about students, understanding their experiences, and supporting them throughout their collegiate journey. If you ever need a safe space, Dana’s office is in Aspen Hall (CASA) and you’re always welcome to email her at danamorrison@mines.edu.

 

Mines Support Services

CARE at Mines
Crisis Assessment, Response and Education

https://www.mines.edu/student-life/care/

CASA
Center for Academic Services and Advising

https://www.mines.edu/casa/

Colorado Crisis Services
Immediately Connect to Someone for Support (1-844-493-TALK or text TALK to 38255)

https://coloradocrisisservices.org

Disability Support Services (DSS)
Assists in Providing Equal Access for Students with a Disability

https://www.mines.edu/disability-support-services/

Mines Counseling Center
Connect with Licensed and Experienced Professionals Available on Campus

https://www.mines.edu/counseling-center/

Raise Your Hand
ITS Assistance & Struggling to Stay Engaged or Facing Other Issues You Can’t Seem to Surmount

https://www.mines.edu/student-life/raise-your-hand/

SpeakUp@Mines
Anonymously Report Sexual Violence, Discrimination, Research Misconduct, Fraud, etc.

https://www.mines.edu/speak-up/

Title IX
Report Discriminatory Conduct, Harassment, and Violence

https://www.mines.edu/institutional-equity-title-ix/

YOU@Mines
Tips and Tools for Everything from Your Mental and Physical Health, to Friendships and Finding Balance

https://you.mines.edu

ReNUWIt Inclusive Excellence Initiative
The ReNUWIt Inclusive Excellence Initiative aims to support graduate students, researchers, and faculty in creating more inclusive environments in higher education – environments where all individuals feel welcome, respected, and that their contributions are valued.

https://inclusive.renuwit.org/

Thought I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

John Lewis

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.

Mahatma Gandhi