IST Culture

OCIO/IST senior management, in partnership with the IST Action Team, and informed by input from staff across the organization, have developed an approach to address concerns about our culture, including equity and inclusion issues, since kicking off our program in spring of 2018. We feel strongly that the issues raised must be addressed programmatically, over time, in tangible and specific ways on a number of fronts.

This website shares details about what we have accomplished in our collective efforts and what we are continuing to develop. The IST Culture program is a parallel initiative to Goal 3 of our ReIT Strategic Plan, which aims to expand diversity and inclusion across our campus wide community of IT professionals who are trusted and strategic partners with the campus, alumni, and the public. We welcome all ideas and feedback for how we can ensure our organization is a positive and safe working environment for all.

Our Approach to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The Office of the CIO and Information Services & Technology (OCIO/IST) believe in and foster a workplace environment where people can bring their diverse skills, perspectives and experiences toward achieving our goals through a process of critical inquiry, discovery, innovation, while simultaneously committing to making positive contributions towards the betterment of our world.  

In addition, members of the OCIO/IST community have created and endorse the following values for our organization to augment and amplify the campus principles

  • We champion diversity. We believe that differences in experience, perspective and identity enliven and enrich our work, strengthen our solutions and services, and uphold our commitment to access and opportunity for all. We treat each other with respect and actively recognize each other for contributions towards creating a positive, inclusive work environment.

  • We act with integrity. We are honest, open, and transparent. We strive to do what is right for each other and the communities we serve. Our actions reflect a high ethical standard and commitment to equity.

  • We deliver. We take responsibility for our work and honor our commitments to each other, our customers and our organization by delivering high-quality, timely service.

  • We innovate. We conceive new ways of doing things by listening to others’ ideas, remaining open-minded, fostering creative solutions, pushing our limits, and continually improving our processes.

Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are more than just suggestions for us. They are the guiding principles underlying how we come together, develop leaders at all levels of the organization, and create an environment that unites us. We affirm the dignity of all individuals, call upon our leaders to address critical issues with integrity and intention, respect our differences as well as our commonalities, and strive to uphold a just community free from discrimination and hate.

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If You See Something, 
Say Something

If you see or know of behavior that is contrary to the values we want to engender across our One IT community, we ask you to speak up. You can bring these directly to CIO Jenn Stringer, your management team, or to any member of the IT Leadership Group. And if you experience this behavior directly, know that you have options available to you: