Dean's Dialogue

April 8, 2021

A letter to my Asian women students looking for answers

My mom loved Obama, she loved his measured speech, his cool, his handsomeness, how he reminded her of JFK. She loved that America had a Black president. A few weeks before she died, her stamina wasn’t great, but she stayed up after dinner to watch his State of Union address. Sitting in her tiny rocking…


March 8, 2021

Hot Topics Conversations: Winter 2021 Recap

The CBE Hot Topics series continued in Winter 2021 with three sessions discussing issues central to the College community. As a reminder, the Hot Topics discussions grew out of the CBE Strategic Planning process as a space to discuss meaningful differences that exist in the College and to practice productive conflict. The Winter conversations—EDI in…


February 12, 2021

CBE 2021 Strategic Framework Overview

We are thrilled to announce that as of February 10, 2021, the College of Built Environments has adopted our Strategic Framework for the next 3-5 years. We are excited to share with you the overview of our strategic framework here, but you can also read the full plan here. We look forwarding to diving into…


January 6, 2021

Hot Topics Conversations: Winter 2021

  This academic year, the College of Built Environments will host a series of “hot topic” conversations for faculty, staff and students to discuss some of the language and ideas central to our college work and the forthcoming strategic plan. What is a “Hot Topic”? Various topics were identified during the strategic planning process as…


January 4, 2021

Hot Topics Conversations: Autumn 2020 Recap

In Autumn 2020, members of the CBE community (including faculty, staff and students) gathered four times for conversations on some of the ideas and language central to our College work. The goal of these Hot Topics conversations is to identify the differing perspectives that exist within our college and to practice engaging in productive dialogue…


December 8, 2020

2020-2021 Roadmap (updated 12/7/2020)

Where We Are in the Process Testing and Refinement; Autumn 2020 Through feedback mechanisms, faculty, staff, students, partners will provide reactions, identify gaps, state preferences for top priority actions. Hot Topics discussions will be held to deeply understand words and topics where there are disciplinary or other differences in the college. December 9th All College…


September 15, 2020

Hot Topics Conversations: Autumn 2020

  This academic year, the College of Built Environments will host a series of “hot topic” conversations for faculty, staff and students to discuss some of the language and ideas central to our college work and the forthcoming strategic plan. What is a “Hot Topic”? Various topics were identified during the strategic planning process as…


July 2, 2020

June 10 All College Meeting – Recognition + Next Steps

On June 10 the facilitation team provided a recap of the year’s strategic planning work during the 2019-20 academic year, recognizing the work of those involved and highlighting the steps ahead. See the slides from the presentation.


May 26, 2020

CBE Strategic Plan: Draft #2

CBE faculty, staff and students, On behalf of the Writing Team, we are happy to share the second draft of the CBE Strategic Plan. Thank you for your contributions thus far to help shape this document. If you have any comments or questions, we welcome you to contact a member of the Review Team. The Review Team consists…


April 20, 2020

CBE Strategic Plan: Draft #1

The following represents a partial first draft of the CBE Strategic Plan (dated 04.20.2020). Part I: Values, Vision, Mission Values CBE will: Take on the most challenging problems facing our planet, society, region, community, institution, college, departments, centers, labs, and degree programs.  Champion equitable practices in our organization, for our people, and in our teaching,…


April 10, 2020

April 8 All College Meeting – Writing + Review Process

On April 8 Carrie Dossick and Jan Whittington, two members of the Strategic Plan Writing Team, provided an overview of the next phase of the strategic planning process—writing and review. See the slides from their presentation. Strategic Plan Writing Team Renée Cheng Carrie Dossick Erika Harris Jan Whittington with support from Ted Sive and Rico…


March 12, 2020

Task Groups: Strategies, Actions + Metrics/KPIs

Each Task Group was asked to draft and submit their strategies, actions, metrics/key performance indicators (KPIs) on March 10. This page highlights the work of these Task Groups. You can see their work for deliverable #1 (rationale, research, goals) here. STRATEGY/ACTIONS Develop 3-5 specific action recommendations, each tied to a goal and strategy. How will…


March 11 All College Meeting

Thank you to everyone who joined yesterday (March 11) for our March All College Meeting. Despite the uncertainty in our lives and the unconventional end to the term, over 60 people logged in via Zoom and another dozen practiced social distancing in Gould 110. See links at bottom of this post for slides and other…


February 13, 2020

Task Groups: Rationale, Research + Scopes

Each Task Group was asked to draft and submit their rationale, research and scope on February 10. This page highlights the work of these Task Groups. You can download a single PDF of all Task Group Deliverable #1 documents here.


February 12, 2020

February 12 All College Meeting

Members of the College community came together on February 12 for our latest All College Meeting. The agenda started with a brief budget overview and update on the EDI initiative from Dean Renée Cheng. The bulk of the meeting was dedicated to an update on strategic planning. Survey results: Facilitation Team co-chairs, Nick Dreher and…


December 17, 2019

Task Groups: Universes, Scopes + Narratives

Through Autumn and Winter 2020, eleven Task Groups will be exploring issues central to the College’s operations and identity today and into the future. These Task Groups each framed how they see their topic during a December 11 meeting. See below for each groups narrative description of their work.


December 16, 2019

Mapping the Universe meeting, December 11, 2019

On December 11, members of each Strategic Planning Task Group and other faculty and staff from across CBE came together for a Mapping the Universe meeting.  Each Task Group has been asked to present their “map of the universe”—their scope of work; the areas they are going to address; and the definitions they are using….


November 16, 2019

November 13 All College Meeting

Members from the CBE community were introduced to the college’s strategic planning task groups and their leads at the November 13 all College meeting. Dean Cheng expressed her recognition to all the efforts that have been going into the strategic planning effort. Facilitation team co-chair Ken-Yu Lin overviewed recent progress and introduced the eleven task…


October 12, 2019

Task Group Formation

The next phase in the strategic planning process is the formation of task groups of faculty, staff, and students from across the College to dig into the key themes identified by the Facilitation Team after the October 5 retreat.  We are looking for volunteers or nominations of individuals to lead or participate in each task…


October 11, 2019

CBE All College Retreat Recap

group of people talking around a conference table littered with strategic planning documents

On Saturday, October 5, members of the CBE community gathered at CERC (UW Center for Education and Research in Construction) for a full-day retreat to kick off the 2019-20 strategic planning process.  Participation: In total, 95 people attended and participated in at least part of the retreat. This included 47 faculty and instructors (19 ARCH,…


October 2, 2019

CBE Strategic Planning: Retreat Saturday, October 5

Dear colleagues, We are looking forward to seeing all of your at CERC this Saturday, October 5, for the CBE Strategic Planning Kickoff Retreat. The retreat kicks off with a continental breakfast at 8am. Business begins at 9am sharp. You can see event details below. All our best, CBE Strategic Plan Facilitation Team Retreat Logistics Saturday, October 5 9am to 5pm (with breakfast starting…


August 21, 2019

Strategic Planning: Process Facilitators selected

Please RSVP for our all-college CBE retreat on October 5 if you have not done so already. There is an option to let us know if you are unable to attend, as well. Please RSVP for this event either way. Thank you! In other news, we’ve selected Ted Sive and Rico Quirindongo as our facilitators for the CBE all-college retreat and to support us…


August 7, 2019

Strategic Planning: Retreat invite and website live

The facilitation team is moving along with the strategic planning work this summer, and we have a few updates to share: The logistics for the college-wide retreat have been confirmed. We will come together on Saturday, October 5, from 9am to 5pm at CERC in Magnuson Park. RSVP to let us know you can make…


July 31, 2019

Strategic Planning Kickoff

Dear colleagues, We hope you are enjoying your summer and can take a few moments to read this short update on the 2019-20 CBE Strategic Planning process. First, we’d like to thank the p-cubed group once again for their work in the spring and to introduce the strategic planning facilitation team. At the recommendation of p-cubed, a facilitation team was formed…


May 24, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Research Impact

On Wednesday, May 22nd, over a dozen people gathered in Architecture Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of research impact as the last session of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, and professional advisory group…


May 20, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Collaboration

On Wednesday, May 15th, over a dozen people gathered in Architecture Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of collaboration as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, alumni, and professional advisory group representatives from…


May 9, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

On Wednesday, May 1st, over 25 people gathered in Gould Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ new dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, alumni, and professional advisory…


April 26, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Applied Research

On Wednesday, April 24th, over 25 people gathered in Architecture Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of applied research as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ new dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, and professional advisory group representatives from…


April 19, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series Summary: Housing

On Wednesday, April 17th, over 25 people gathered in Architecture Hall, or joined the discussion via Zoom, to discuss the topic of the UW’s housing problem as part of the Dean’s Dialogue Discussion Series launched by the College of Built Environments’ new dean, Renée Cheng. Participants in the meeting comprised of faculty, students, and professional…


April 12, 2019

Furthering the Dialogue: Open Discussions Around Five Topics

I invite you to join me for a series of five meetings during the remainder of this academic year to share ideas around topics that have been arising over the course of my listening, learning, and planning activities since I’ve joined the College of Built Environments in January. Essentially, it is a continuation of the…


February 21, 2019

Organizational Analysis Report

CBE Organizational Analysis Report Overview The College of Built Environments partnered with an external consultant, Julius Erolin (the Consultant), to conduct a brief college-wide organizational review (the Review). The goal of the Review is to gather perspectives across the College on the current strengths, challenges and opportunities of the College. It is not intended as…


February 13, 2019

Dean’s Dialogue Update

CBE Colleagues, Firstly let me apologize for neglecting to bring the Minnesota snow infrastructure with me when I brought the Minnesota weather! I hope you are all managing with the disruptions and that we will get back into the swing of things soon. Secondly, I have a few short updates to share with you on…


February 1, 2019

Initial Survey Insights

Hello CBE community, Thank you for an amazing level of participation in the survey! The survey and interviews wrapped on Monday evening, today Julius relayed to me the survey stats: 79% of the faculty, 63% of the staff submitted, giving very thorough and thoughtful responses. The affiliates/student leaders/external stakeholder response was lower but still respectable…


January 24, 2019

Update from Renée on Dean’s Dialogue

Hello CBE community, I have very much enjoyed my first two weeks, thank you again for your warm welcome and your patience as I get used to my new role and new context. I don’t know yet what is the best communication style and pace for reaching you all but for today I wanted to…


January 23, 2019

Message to CBE faculty, staff and students from Dean Cheng

Hello! I’m thrilled to be here for the start of a new year in my new role in the CBE community! Thank you so much for the warm welcomes I’ve received and thanks also for your patience during the long transition time. In particular I would like to thank former Dean John Schaufelberger for his stewardship of…