Climate/Diversity Committee Resources

The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to the establishment of a climate that is supportive of all department members. We respect the diversity of our student body, and we recognize that discrimination in any form weakens our community as a whole. All of us deserve to work in an environment in which we are treated with dignity and respect. The Department remains staunchly committed to this ultimate goal.

The Climate/Diversity Committee's efforts include:

We urge everyone to strive towards making the department a welcoming and supportive community. As a part of this commitment, we ask that if you experience or observe incidents that you perceive as harassment or detrimental to the department climate, to please contact any member of the Chemistry Ombuds Group: Arrietta Clauss, Heike Hofstetter, Laura Kiessling, and Clark Landis. Alternately, feel free to contact Bob McMahon (Chair), Judith Burstyn (Associate Chair), Matt Sanders (Executive Director), Pat Egan (Department Manager), members of the Climate/Diversity Committee (see below), or the UW-Madison Office of Equity and Diversity.

- The Climate and Diversity Committee

2016-17 members: Catherine Alvarez, Arrietta Clauss, Mark Ediger (Chair), Niecia Flikweert, Andrew Greenberg, Bob Hamers, Kristi Heming, Heike Hofstetter, Matt O'Reilly, Cheri Rossi, Matt Sanders, Trisha Tucholoski



Download a list of the resources below, relating to campus climate, diversity, equity, inclusion, and conflict resolution resources (pdf).

This list of resources contains information about people and organizations that can help you network with various communities around campus and resolve any kind of personal and interpersonal conflict you may experience. Chemistry faculty and staff truly care about students' and postdocs' success and well-being. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of any of the resources below to make your time in the department rewarding and bias-free.

Resources for Conflict Resolution

Chemistry Staff with Open Doors 
Available to: everyone in the Department

If you don’t know who to talk to, the staff members below have offered to be available to help you with general and specific concerns. They are sure to provide a listening ear and treat your individual circumstances with privacy and respect, no matter how big or small. 

Contacts: Matt Sanders, executive director,, Room 1126; Arrietta Clauss, graduate student services coordinator,, Room 2108; For TAs/FAs: Jeanne Hamers, undergraduate chemistry director,, Room 1328A

Chemistry Ombuds Group (Climate/Diversity/Equity)

View a list of the members of the Chemistry Ombuds Group (faculty and staff).
Available to: everyone in the Department

The goal of the Chemistry Ombuds Group is to address individual concerns of harassment or
specific issues on climate raised by members of the Department of Chemistry. If you experience
or observe incidents that you perceive as harassment or detrimental to the department climate,
we encourage you to contact (email, meeting, etc) any member of the Chemistry Ombuds Group.
Whatever you say will be kept confidential and no actions will be taken without your express
permission. The members of the committee can serve as sounding boards, but they also will
work with you to find a solution that addresses your concerns. Their familiarity with campus
resources is a key asset in helping to ensure an accepting and productive departmental climate.

Climate/Diversity Committee 

View a list of members (faculty, staff and students) of the Climate/Diversity Committee
Available to: everyone in the Department

The goal of the Climate/Diversity Committee is to ensure that the Chemistry Department has a welcoming environment, address individual and general concerns regarding climate, and develop strategies to increase overall well-being and diversity within the department. All members of the Climate/Diversity Committee welcome your input and suggestions, and are happy to assist you with any needs and concerns pertaining to gender, ethnic, cultural, racial, and any other types of biases. Your comments will be kept confidential at your request. The committee includes graduate students, faculty, and staff of diverse ethic and cultural origins. 

Chemistry Anonymous Suggestion Box (must be connected to the chemistry network)
Available to: everyone in the Department

A completely anonymous online comment box is available for anyone in the department to use. Comments and suggestions are routed to Matt Sanders, executive director, and Jeanne Hamers, undergradaute chemistry director, where they are triaged and addressed appropriately. 

University Health Services (UHS) | 608.265.5600

UHS is a general campus resource dedicated to the physical and mental well-being of undergraduates and graduate students. Some of the workshops offered by UHS are aimed at sharing experiences and optimizing networking and interpersonal relationships among different people on campus. Other UHS workshops focus on general wellness and health support (e.g. yoga and meditation). All process groups listed below are highly confidential and meet once weekly at their East Campus Mall office. In order to join, you need to call UHS at the number below first.

UHS Chemistry Ambassador

Walk-in service consultations are vailable to everyone

The UHS Chemistry Ambassador, Alyssa Levy-Hussen ( can be contacted as a fist resource to obtain assistance and guidance. Alyssa and her coworkers hold specific onsite consultation sessions in the Chemistry Building for members of our department. Contact Alyssa or members of the GSFLC for additional details.

Let’s Talk Drop-In Consultations

Walk-in service consultations are vailable to everyone

Schedule online:

Let’s Talk drop-in consultations provide informal, confidential consultations with a counselor without an appointment. No topic is off limits. This walk-in service occurs at various locations around campus during the semester. You may also schedule a Let's Talk consultation online.

Interpersonal process groups:

Available to undergraduate and graduate students only. See individual groups and the website for more information. |

UHS also offers discussion groups for various campus constituencies:

  • Interpersonal Process Group: Graduate Women 
    This is a graduate women discussion group. Advisors will try to separate students from the same department. 
  • Interpersonal Process Group: All Women 
    This is a discussion group open to all women (from undergraduate to faculty level). 
  • Interpersonal Process Group: LGBTQ 
    This is a discussion group intended for students who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, questioning, transgender, or any other personally meaningful term. 
  • Interpersonal Process Group: Dissertators 
    This is a supportive discussion group focused on the challenges associated with the dissertation process. Participants establish weekly goals and share common experiences. 

Counseling Services Available to Students, Faculty, and Staff

Go to this website if you are interested in personal counseling sessions:

Note for postdocs:  Postdocs are university employees and typically have access to employee insurance, not student service coverage. Hence postdocs are not entitled to UHS services. However, keep in mind that employee insurance typically covers counseling services within the Madison community. There are two exceptions to the above: (1) if the postdoc is the spouse of a student and both the postdoc and his/her spouse are seeking couples counseling, UHS will assist postdocs. (2) given that UHS services are covered by student fees, if a postdoc were for some reason to be paying student fees then he/she would be eligible for UHS services.

Employee Assistance Office (EAO) | 608.263.2987
Available to everyone who receives a paycheck from UW-Madison

The EAO is a resource to confidentially assist UW-Madison employees (anyone who receives a paycheck, including faculty, staff, postdocs, TAs, and RAs) and their immediate family members or significant others who are having difficulty with personal or work-related issues and concerns. Trained professionals will provide support and help you make a plan of action, if requested. 

Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) | 608.263.2378
Available to everyone

Students can file complaints and discuss both subtle and major gender, ethnic, and cultural biases with OED. It is confidential and does not involve any personnel from the Chemistry Department. OED also offers workshops to train TAs and students. 

Contacts: Steven Appell, OED complaint investigator, appell@provost.wisc.eduLuis Piñero, OED director

University Ombuds Office | 608.265.9992 (leave a message)
Available to faculty and staff

Ombuds are emeritus university faculty or staff who work confidentially and independently from university administration. They can listen to your concerns, clarify procedures, discuss options, and if requested and appropriate, serve as an intermediary in disputes. 

Additional information on the above and other resources can be found at


Resources for Community Building

Chemistry Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison Committee (GSFLC) 

Visit GSFLC website.
View a list of members of GSFLC .

The GSFLC is represents the needs of graduate students and postdocs to faculty and staff. This group coordinates events throughout the year, including the Snout Out, TGIFs, travel grants, PfLAGS, mentor awards, listening sessions, an alternate career seminar, a biennial climate survey, and outreach to the broader community.

Committee members: GSFLC includes students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.

Students in Chemistry for Inclusive Representation (SCIRep) 

Sign up for the SCIRep email list.

SCIRep hosts student-led discussions and other events regarding equity and inclusion in graduate school, focusing both on the field of chemistry as a whole and on this department in particular. The group’s current focus is to share information and strategies about gender bias in science, with an emphasis on utilizing these strategies effectively now and in future careers. Student volunteers lead monthly discussions; attendees are encouraged to participate in the discussions. Postdocs, staff, and faculty of all genders, in addition to graduate students, are invited to attend meetings. 

Contacts: Rebeca Pinhancos (, co-chair; Nicole Thomas,, co-chair

Multicultural Graduate Network (MGN) | 608.890.4731 |

Sign up for the MGN email list by emailing

Housed within the Graduate School, the MGN is a social and networking group devoted to learning and professional development. This organization was originally created to serve the needs of graduate students of color and has recently grown to be an inclusive network for all graduate students on the UW-Madison campus. 

Multicultural Student Center (MSC) | 608.262.4503 | 716 Langdon Street, Red Gym, Second Floor

The primary mission of the Multicultural Student Center is to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive UW-Madison campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, feel valued and appreciated.

SACNAS Student Chapter | 608.890.0108

SACNAS is a national society dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science and to promoting cultural diversity in the U.S. academic environment. All UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in STEM fields may join SACNAS.

Contact: Ahna Skop, faculty adviser, 

NOBCCHE Student Chapter 910.297.3807 

NOBCCHE is a national organization devoted to the professional advancement of black chemists and chemical engineers. The UW-Madison chapter of NOBCCHE accepts memberships from both undergraduate and graduate students interested in chemistry and other STEM fields. 

Contact: Charnell Long, president,, 910.297.3807

Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI)

WISELI is an on-campus institute dedicated to promoting women scientists. The WISELI website hosts a useful collection of general and sexual-harassment-related information

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)

GWIS is a national organization that advances the participation and recognition of women in science and devoted to fostering research through grants, awards, and fellowships. The UW-Madison chapter provides a network for connecting female scientists across campus. 

Learn about the GWIS graduate student representatives at

LGBT Campus Center | 608.265.3344

This center offers several programs to support LGBT students on campus and provides training to help make classrooms and departments more inclusive. The LGBTCC staff members also organize a number of special interest groups, including one for graduate students. 


Other Resources of Interest


International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) offers a wide variety of services and programs to international students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The ISS staff provides information and programs to international students about the campus and community and provide support and assistance concerning visas and related immigration issues.

TAA (Graduate Student Union)

The TAA is the labor union representing all graduate student workers at UW-Madison.

McBurney Disability Resource Center | 608-263-2741 |

The goal of the McBurney Center is to obtain special accommodations for on-campus students with a documented disability.