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Checking in With Dean Forbes - May 2022

This time of year is always bittersweet as we say goodbye to another class. This year is especially so for me since it was my last commencement with CBS. I’ll miss this place and the people a great deal, but feel certain CBS will continue to thrive and evolve in new and exciting directions. 

Employee Engagement Survey follow-up

As noted in an earlier communication, I asked departments and units to report back to my office concrete steps they plan to take in response to the Employee Engagement Survey results. Common themes for areas for improvement included mentorship, recognition, and strengthening communication as it relates to strategic goals and directions. Follow-up action will be somewhat unique to each unit, though I have encouraged department and collegiate leaders to be collaborative in addressing these areas for improvement.  

Award-winning faculty and staff

Earlier this month, we announced the recipients of the College’s John S. Anderson Leadership Award and Stanley Dagley-Samuel Kirkwood Undergraduate Education Award. Congratulations once again to Nikki Letawsky Shultz and Sarah Hobbie. In addition, congratulations to teaching assistant award winners Cole Jensen, Maria Park, Hailey Sauer and Laura Toro-Gonzalez. The work you do to make the student experience exceptional is of paramount importance. 

DEIJ updates

As you know, the College awarded more than $75,000 in micro-grants earlier this spring with the help of the CBS DEIJ Community of Practice (DCoP). In addition, the Office of Equity and Diversity recognized the Department of Teaching and Learning with an Outstanding Unit Award for Equity and Diversity. BTL has done tremendous work advancing DEIJ through TA hiring and training, faculty hiring processes, making DEIJ a priority at departmental meetings and other departmental initiatives. 

In addition to launching the CBS DCoP this fall, we assembled action teams to develop a plan to address several of the recommendations made by the College’s anti-racism working group last spring. The action teams shared their reports with me earlier this week. The CBS Diversity Community of Practice and the associate deans will review the reports and provide input. Additional information to come this summer.

SciSpark 2022

Finally, please join me and a group of researchers with ties to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve at 6 pm on June 2nd at the Bell Museum for SciSpark, our annual event highlighting women in science. Caitlin Potter, the new associate director of Cedar Creek will talk about the station and the incredible work happening there, followed by five-minute lightning talks. It’s always a fun event. There are activities and food, plus access to the Seeing Birds exhibit. You can register here.

May, 2022