At NCAR|UCAR, we must create an environment of full inclusion - a supportive and welcoming workplace that values all individuals and their perspectives, contributions, and ideas in the pursuit of NCAR|UCAR’s mission. We recognize that being inclusive of diversity in our workforce is a fundamental requirement in achieving our goal of innovative, world-leading science and engineering.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for the coordination of valuable but disparate diversity efforts currently distributed across NCAR and UCAR and to elevating our institutional values centered on inclusiveness, equity, and diversity. Our office is here to serve as an advocate for all employees, especially in areas of diversity and inclusion, providing support and advice for those who want it. We also offer professional development, educational and training opportunities; along with general resources on diversity and inclusion issues.
All staff and visitors are welcome to talk to us at any time either in person (on site or off site), by phone or by email.
March 8, 2017
Each March, for National Women’s History Month, we celebrate the extensive contributions of women to our society, our field, and our institution. Today, on March 8th, we also celebrate International Women’s Day. In both of these celebrations, we remember the incredible women who have forged paths for others, and who reach back to offer a helping hand and invaluable mentorship and support to those who follow in their footsteps. To the women working at and visiting UCAR/NCAR, we thank you for your incredible service to our organization and to our field. You and your work are valued here.
We invite everyone at UCAR/NCAR to join us in making sure that our organization is a welcoming and inclusive place for all women. To do so, we need to remember that women have many different identities that intersect and affect each other. By this, we mean that the rights of Black and Brown women are inextricably bound up in rights for people of colour; that the rights of women with disabilities are impossible to disentangle from disability rights, and that the rights of lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and pansexual women are synonymous with LGB rights. At NCAR and UCAR, we affirm that transgender women are women, period. As we work toward greater access to STEM fields for women, we must lower barriers and create inclusive environments for all, and remember that by creating exceptional working environments for those who face the greatest barriers, we automatically create a better workplace for everyone.
For more information, please visit the UCAR Office for Diversity & Inclusion webpages, where you can find more resources about the contribution of women in our society and our field, and find links to support networks for women in the sciences. As always, we are available any time to talk about any issues related to diversity and inclusion.
Carolyn & Kristen
UCAR Office for Diversity & Inclusion.
February 27, 2017
Last week, President Trump provided updated guidance to universities and schools on the interpretation of Title IX and protections for transgender students. Under this guidance, schools and universities are no longer required to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, rolling back essential protections for students who are often targeted and vulnerable.
We want to reassure UCAR/NCAR employees that these new rules will not affect trans* protections at UCAR/NCAR in any way. We stand firmly in support of our trans* employees and those with trans* family and friends, and it is our policy that everyone has the right to use the bathroom at UCAR/NCAR that is consistent with their gender identity. We also provide all-gender/gender-neutral single-stall restrooms on every Boulder-based campus for any employee who prefers to use them. A list of all-gender/gender-neutral restrooms can be found here.
The UCAR Office of Diversity and Inclusion has more resources for people wanting to know more. If you have been affected by this issue and would like to talk more, or have questions about our policies, please get in touch. For people wanting to learn more about this issue, there are a number of excellent resources, including a statement from Out Boulder County, Ivan Coyote’s article in Slate about their personal experiences using public restrooms as a transgender individual, and a recording of a talk given at UCAR/NCAR in 2016 by Out Boulder County’s Sara Connell, explaining gender identity.
If you have been in any way affected by this issue and want to talk more, or if you have questions about our policies and protections for trans* employees, visitors, and their families, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. You can walk over, call us, or email us at any time.
Carolyn & Kristen
UCAR Office for Diversity and Inclusion
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UCAR and NCAR are committed to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCAR expressly prohibits any discrimination or harassment based on these factors. This commitment applies to all personnel actions.