February 2024 newsletter headline, with a photo of Guggenheim Hall to the right.
FAQs about the 5th annual Celebration of DI&A at Mines

Q: What is the Celebration of DI&A at Mines?
A: Near the end of the spring semester each year, we set aside time for all of campus to gather to learn about progress on the Mines DI&A Strategic Plan, share updates on department and campus units’ diversity plan goals and engage in learning and skill development opportunities. This year’s Celebration includes 15 interactive workshops, keynote lunch, poster session and student organization tabling.
 
Q: Who is invited?
A: YOU and the entire campus community.
 
Q: When is this happening?
A: Tuesday, April 2, 2024
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Student Center and Friedhoff Hall
 
Q: Who is facilitating the workshops?
A: Orediggers. This includes sessions facilitated by faculty, staff, student presenters.
 
Q: Where can I find the 15 interactive workshops and register for the event?
A: https://www.mines.edu/diversity/celebration-of-dia-2024/
 
Q: What is new this year beyond the new workshops?
A: Two things! 1) Student organization tabling. Student organizations that amplify the voices and provide support to underrepresented communities at Mines will table during the 4:00-5:00 PM poster session. Their goal is to raise awareness of their organizations and foster connections with Mines faculty and staff for networking and mentoring. 2) Multi-day Celebration with Kickstart’s Connect the Dots event. The Celebration continues Thursday, April 4, 5:30-8:00 PM with Kickstart’s annual Connect the Dots event. This event centers on fostering collaborations across student organizations and encouraging faculty and staff to explore opportunities to partner with student groups as guest speakers, mentors and role models.

Changes made to annual diversity progress reports – join the Celebration poster session

If you are a regular attendee of the Mines DI&A General Council meeting during the semester, you are aware of the changes to diversity progress reporting process. Instead of asking units to submit written reports, their achievements will be highlighted during the poster session at the annual Celebration of DI&A at Mines.

Each department and campus unit that submit a diversity progress report is strongly encouraged to create a poster highlighting their goals, their alignment with the Mines DI&A strategic plan and the outcome/impact of those efforts. Diversity committee members can access the poster template, more detailed instructions and a poster example on the DI&A diversity reporting process webpage. These posters will be displayed on April 2, 4:00 – 5:00 PM in the Green Center and staffed by a dept/unit representative so community members can ask questions and explore future collaborations.

Posters will also be reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff and students who will determine this year’s DI&A diversity progress report awards. Departments and units are encouraged to display posters in a shared area in their respective buildings after the Celebration for others to see. Posters are due to Mines DI&A team diversity@mines.edu by March 4 to meet printing deadline.

Nominate a colleague, peer or group for a DI&A award

The annual award nomination closes tomorrow, February 27. There are many outstanding faculty, staff, students and groups who are worthy of recognition. Consider highlighting their efforts by submitting a nomination not only elevating their work across campus, but as a word of thanks.
Award recipients demonstrate an exceptional understanding of diversity and inclusiveness as represented by their efforts to:

  • enhance inclusion through fostering dialogue and positive communication between persons of different backgrounds,
  • promote an environment free from bias and discrimination,
  • raise awareness and lead initiatives that advance diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion,
  • support efforts in Mines DI&A Strategic Plan and/or
  • serve as a catalyst for change in diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.

Recipients will be recognized at the annual Celebration of DI&A at Mines on April 2.

Now accepting applications for the next cohort of DI&A Fellows

The DI&A Fellows Program recognizes highly accomplished and motivated faculty and staff for their exceptional DI&A leadership and service. This program provides support for faculty and staff to gain leadership experience and drive institutional change at Mines without having to move into a formal administrative role. The selected Fellows will have important leadership roles as they will each drive a strategic initiative and/or program that furthers the vision and mission of Mines DI&A and Mines@150. DI&A Fellows will also learn about all the inner workings of Mines DI&A and serve as a representative for campus internally and externally.
 
Applications for the 2024-2025 Fellows cohort are being accepted through March 15. DI&A Fellows will be announced early May. Each fellowship is awarded for a one calendar-year period starting Fall 2024 and the recipients will receive $10,000 discretionary funds. At the conclusion of the one-year term, Fellows will be expected to share a presentation or a written report about their work, including objectives or goals, activities and evaluation of impact. They will also be asked to share how their work will be sustained after the fellowship.

Safe Zone recap

Last week, roughly 70 Mines community members spent three hours learning from each other and from Johnny Humphrey, Director of Inclusivity Services at the Center on Colfax, at a Safe Zone Training: Strategies for Supporting a Diverse Community. The afternoon was filled with learning language and terminology, understanding the impacts of heteronormativity and cisnormativity, exploring harmful myths and sharing ways to support the LGBTQ+ community as an ally and an accomplice. Small group discussions centered around two table activities that helped reinforce the workshop’s learning outcomes. The DI&A team was excited to have so many community members come together during Presidents’ Day break to connect and learn about this important topic. 

“Authentically Me” Women of Color Engineering Panel returns for its second year

Mines faculty, staff and students are invited to join Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) and Women in Science, Engineering & Mathematics (WISEM) for a women-focused panel as part of the Authentically Me speaker series created by MEP. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with women engineers of color and discover how they paved ways for success in their work. Several women in STEM will share their experience and expertise during a panel discussion followed by open networking. The event is on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:00 PM in the Student Center – Ballroom A. Please use this link to register to ensure there are enough snacks for attendees.

Women’s History month luncheon featuring Natalie Levy

March is Women’s History Month. In celebration, we hope that you will attend the annual luncheon and a presentation on March 6 at 11:45 AM in Ballrooms A&B. Natalie Levy, the Founder and Managing Partner of She’s Independent Investments, will share her journey from engineering school to launching her women-first investment group. She will share investing insights, speak about the value of mapping a path to investing and how to start. Reserve your seat at the event by February 29.

Ramp up your career at Forces of Mines: Elevating Women Summit

You are invited to join the 3rd annual Forces of Mines: Elevating Women Summit Making the Career Leap on Saturday, March 9, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM in the Green Center. Mines alumnae Norma Mozee will be the Keynote Speaker. The day includes a deep dive into finding your career north star, utilizing your network and getting out of your own way. If you have attended in the past, you know what a great event this is! WISEM is also offering complementary registration to the first 150 students and first 25 faculty or staff who register! To redeem the code and register for the event, enter WOM2024 (for students) or WOM24 (for faculty and staff) on the event registration page.

‘Women in Science Now’ is the latest book club on campus

The Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) DI&A committee invites you to join them for an event next month featuring the book Women in Science Now by Lisa Munoz. Lisa Munoz will join the AMS department for a tea-time discussion of the book on Tuesday, March 12 at 3:00 pm in CoorTek 282. The Arthur Lakes Library has purchased the e-book with unlimited check-outs. Please reach out to Ceclia Behn cdinizbe@mines.edu or Dorit Hammerling hammerling@mines.edu if you have any questions. 

Contribute to next month’s Digest 

Help us highlight the work you or your department is doing across campus to support DI&A at Mines by submitting a brief article to next month’s Mines DI&A Digest. Submissions must be received by the first week of the month in order to make it into that month’s Digest.

Save the Dates 

Hyperlinks = virtual meeting access information. All times are Mountain Daylight Time.  

  • 2/27 Mines DI&A annual awards nomination due
  • 3/6 @ 11:45 a.m. Women’s History Month lunch, Student Center – Ballrooms ABC
  • 3/11 @ 12:00-12:30 p.m. Mines DI&A Council Monthly Meeting-General. Open to all Orediggers.
  • 3/13 @ 3:00-4:30 p.m. Authentically Me: Women of Color Engineering Panel, Student Center – Ballroom A
  • 4/2 @ all-day Celebration of DI&A at Mines
  • 4/4 @ 5:30 – 8 p.m Kickstart Connect the Dots

As always, we welcome your ideas, thoughts and feedback at diversity@mines.edu.
Thank you for being a member of an inclusive Oredigger community and an advocate and ally for positive social change.

Diversity, Inclusion and Access