Committees serve the Institute by advising on hiring, research, and policy decisions, which often have important consequences for our workplace climate. As representatives of the Institute, committee members have a duty to participate to the best of their ability and should strive for the best outcome for the Institute as a whole, rather than their individual employment unit or specialty. To promote institutional trust and understanding, committees should represent all members of the UTIG community for which the committee’s advice has consequences. All committees should intentionally reflect a diversity of ideas, experiences, and identities. Specifically, when forming a committee, the Institute should keep in mind diversity in terms of:
- Employment unit, seniority, and student status. Committees for Institute-wide issues should include scientists from all seniority, administrative staff, technical staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students.
- Scientific, technical, and administrative area of expertise.
- Experience with past committees. In order to represent the entire UTIG community as a whole and respect the time commitments of participants, committees should balance the past committee experiences of participants.