We are thrilled to announce a new initiative that our Working Group on Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (ARDEIA) has been working on for the past weeks. This group’s overarching goal has been to systematically review Columbia´s policies on diversity -with a focus on postdoctoral and associate research scientists- and lay the groundwork to fight for a contract with strong, progressive and inclusive language.

As we are geared towards our second contract negotiations, we are inviting you to a series of focus groups with the aim of collecting information on your experiences and perception regarding racism, discrimination, inclusion of minorities, accessibility, belonging and representation. These will be 1h-long discussions happening at lunch time (lunch will be provided) on 3 different days in each of the main campuses:

  • CUIMC: July 12th 12-1.30 pm, Vagelos P&S P&S, Todd Amphitheater, room 16-405 
  • Morningside: July 19th 12-1.30 pm, Fairchild building, room 1000
  • Zuckerman Institute: August 2nd 12-1.30pm, JLGSC L8-086

You can sign up for a Focus Group in this google form.

Participation is voluntary and will provide very valuable information, allowing us to design a roadmap of priorities for our bargaining committee negotiating our next contract.

Looking forward to discussing in depth these key issues with you all and hearing your ideas and feedback.

In solidarity,

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Executive Board

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