Respect in Striving for Excellence (RISE)
The RISE Committee offers resources, programming, and community-building opportunities that focus on building respect and inclusion in academic workplace climates.
What is RISE?
Climate Case Studies
The U-M ADVANCE Program’s RISE Committee offers a series of resources, the Climate Case Studies, to support university leaders as they work to create more respectful, inclusive climates in their units. Each case study is centered around a common climate issue, with a list of ideas for how to approach the issue and concrete examples of what each approach might look like–all organized around RISE’s Eight Levers to Foster Respect and Inclusion.
**Note: We recognize that the approaches shared in the Climate Case Studies will not work for everyone or in every context. Many factors, including the power dynamics of the unit, the social identities of the individuals involved, and external circumstances, affect the way a challenging climate issue might be addressed. We acknowledge that several of the approaches assume a particular leadership role and a certain amount of agency/power within the unit that do not reflect everyone’s experience.**
A Climate Supportive of Disability
Climate Case Study #8
Distribution of Labor
Climate Case Study #7
Diversity and Excellence
Climate Case Study #6
Climate Case Study #5
Interrupting a Bad Actor
Climate Case Study #4
Proactive New Leader
Climate Case Study #3
Unit-wide Email Blow-up
Climate Case Study #2
Resistance to Mentoring Responsibilities
Climate Case Study #1
Raising Respect: A Workshop for Campus Leaders: A cross-disciplinary, highly interactive workshop for campus leaders (broadly defined) interested in developing a unit climate where all people feel respected, supported, and valued. This workshop is evidence-based and action-oriented, presenting both data and concrete strategies. The first segment presents a framework for climate and then reviews research, conducted at U-M and beyond, to make a case for caring about respectful workplace climates. The remainder of the workshop is an interactive discussion addressing how leaders can actively cultivate more respectful and inclusive climates in their units. This workshop has been thoroughly redesigned for virtual delivery in AY20-21. Participants interact using chat-based activities, polls, and breakout rooms. In real time, we work through climate challenge scenarios that are particularly relevant for campus leaders right now. Participants also leave the event with access to the “Raising Respect” video series and other digital climate resources to take back to their units.
Climate Coffee: Sharing Climate Issues: An event series of informal conversations for participants to engage with each other on ways to improve the climate for respect and inclusion in their units. Climate Coffees are an opportunity to brainstorm more focused applications of the climate-shifting frameworks from the “Raising Respect” workshop. Attendees gather in small groups for guided discussion and problem-solving around a specific issue they are facing in their unit. Sessions are 60 minutes, and registration is limited to allow for individualized attention.
What can you do to improve the climate in your unit? This handout from RISE’s “Raising Respect” workshop outlines eight focus areas for acting to improve climate.
An evolving list of climate-related resources for U-M faculty that includes both individual and unit-level offerings. Learn what programs and services are available for faculty who are grappling with campus climate issues and/or working to improve the climate of their unit(s). [Updated September 2020]
A list of works on climate issues, written by experts from the fields of Psychology, Business, Women’s Studies, Education, and more.
The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program has compiled this information as a resource for those wishing to develop an anti-harassment program within their own scholarly or scientific society, meeting, or other professional setting.
Frequently Asked Questions: Retention of Science and Engineering Faculty Who are Women and/or Members of Racial/Ethnic Minorities
FAQ designed to give guidance re: climate and its effect on the retention of faculty that are women and/or members of racial/ethnic minorities.
Handbook created to show how policies, resources, and cultures that are work-life friendly are key to the University of Michigan for the recruitment, promotion, and retention of top scholars.
The U-M ADVANCE Program aims to improve our campus environment for faculty in four general areas: recruitment, retention, leadership, and climate. The ADVANCE Program assesses the campus climate through a series of campus-wide faculty surveys as well as individualized assessments of schools and departments.
RISE Together Messages
In an effort to facilitate a virtual community for campus leaders grappling with issues of climate, we shared resources, tips, and words of encouragement. RISE Together messages provided quick, actionable recommendations, helpful resources, and positive directions related to climate–all based on a theme from the Eight Levers to Shift Climate for Respect and Inclusion.
- Modeling Self-Care Matters, July 27, 2020
- Unsettling the Language of Excellence, July 15, 2020
- Respect and Inclusion in Virtual Environments, June 30, 2020
- The Initial Message Must Not be the Only Message, June 10, 2020
- Can We Make Work Expectations Fit At-Home Demands?, May 26, 2020
- Can We Improve Interactions at a Distance?, May 18, 2020
What are People Saying about RISE?
RISE Committee members are senior faculty and staff drawn from across campus.
Director, CRLT Theatre Program
Psychology, Women's and Gender Studies
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Business Administration, Information
Linguistics, English Language and Literatures, Germanic Languages and Literatures
ADVANCE Director, Psychology, LSA
ADVANCE Staff Member
Former RISE Committee Members
- Todd Austin, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Tom Braun, Biostatistics
- Cynthia Hudgins, ADVANCE Associate Director of Administration
- Jennifer Linderman, Chemical Engineering; Biomedical Engineering
- Isis Settles, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Gretchen Spreitzer, Management and Organizations, Business Administration
- Ruby Tapia, English and Women’s and Gender Studies