- Increased efforts to recruit women faculty members;
- Increased efforts to recruit women graduate students;
- Improved communications between women and department chairs;
- Increased numbers of invitations to women speakers;
- Improved safety of the department;
- Improved facilities for students: lounges, computers;
- Improved advising and mentoring.
Among the problems that have come to the attention of the CSWA in US institutions are: (1) inadequate mentoring of members of underrepresented groups; (2) instances of sexual harassment; (3) the continued pervasiveness of unconscious bias and other issues affecting the climate for women; and (4) too-slow advancement of women, especially women of color, through the ranks of the profession.
Indeed, the proposed CSWA Climate Site Visits for astronomy departments will suggests ways the departments can:
- Enable senior faculty in those departments to provide better mentoring for students, postdocs, and junior faculty;
- Enable the visiting team to assist with mentoring the students, postdocs, and junior faculty in those departments;
- Improve the teaching of diverse audiences in those departments;
- Promote the knowledge and practice of professional ethics to the next generation of astronomers and to their mentors;
- Provide advice on how to recruit and retain a more diverse group of students and faculty.
- CSWA Climate Site Visit Program Policy and Procedure;
- APS CSWP Climate for Women in Physics Site Visit Program by Susan Blessing & Deanna Ratnikova, 2013 April 23, Women is Astronomy Blogspot;
- Affecting the Climate for Women in Physics: The CSWP Site Visit Program by Meg Urry, 2007 June, STATUS magazine.