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Checking in with Dean Forbes -- January 2022

I hope your spring semester is off to a good start. Despite the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic, the campus community is highly vaccinated and policies are in place to allow for flexibility as we navigate this latest surge in infections. Uncertainty and disruptions continue, however, so please continue to take measures to prevent spread and support one another to the best of your abilities. Please do what you can to stay healthy and be kind to yourself and others.

Strategic planning
Each spring, deans meet with the provost to share their goals for the next academic year. Budget planning follows. Leading up to these activities, our focus is on collaborating with collegiate leadership and stakeholders to help shape our goals in alignment with the University’s MPact 2025 system-wide strategic plan

Earlier this month, my office convened a group that included department heads, associate deans, student and postdoc representatives and directors to brainstorm ideas in the key areas in the MPact document: student success; discovery, innovation and impact; MNtersections; community and belonging; and fiscal stewardship. That input will inform our approach to this year’s Compact. Stay tuned for more on that in the months ahead.

DEIJ micro grants
Just before the winter break, the college’s DEIJ Community of Practice announced a new micro grants initiative to fund grassroots diversity, equity, inclusion and justice efforts within CBS. All members of the CBS community are invited to apply for grants up to $10,000. 

Science communication training
In addition, graduate students and postdocs with an interest in science communication are invited to attend the upcoming BioLine boot camp. BioLine is a publication for and by graduate students interested in writing about their research for a broad audience. It’s a great opportunity to access training and then apply what you learn. You’ll find more information here.


January, 2022