General Discussions

  • 1.  Research Admin and Social Justice

    Posted 07-19-2021 11:47
    I know.... it's a little bit of a stretch.  But... justice can be a lens for pretty much anything, is what I'm figuring.

    Right now what I would like is to be able to add personal pronouns/gender identity - maybe just preferred pronouns- to the User Profile, so that we know how to address people in the manner they prefer and should be able to expect.  Yes, it's in some people's email signature, mine included, but this seems like an obvious thing.  Emails often immediately result from information we glean from Cayuse  (you want to spend money on WHAT?????); we can at least do that as well as possible.

    a) is that possible?
    b) how else can we bring justice to RA?


    Andrea Buford
    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
    Oakland University

  • 2.  RE: Research Admin and Social Justice

    Posted 07-19-2021 15:04
    Edited by Simon Helton 07-19-2021 15:06

    Stretch or not, I think this is a great topic to bring up!

    Not to be a broken record, but I encourage everyone to submit any ideas for accessibility and inclusivity improvements for Cayuse apps to our product ideas page.

    I'll also add that as a new Cayuse employee, I've been thrilled to see the commitment to accessibility by the developers working on the Cayuse apps. It's literally part of every product sprint. Accessibility can often be a bit forgotten in discussions of equity, so I'm really happy to see this work!

    @Andrea Buford, are there things you see at Oakland University that are institutional processes that improve equity and justice in RA?

    Simon Helton
    Community Manager

  • 3.  RE: Research Admin and Social Justice

    Posted 07-20-2021 09:21
    Andrea - I love that you brought this up!

    In addition to Simon's recommendation to submit product ideas, I'd also encourage you, and anyone else interested, to attend our Connect conference session on Inclusive Design. We are having that session to get feedback just like this, as well as any other area where our design might be leaving people out.

    Hope you can make it to the session!

    Annie Tessar (she/they)
    Technical Support Specialist

  • 4.  RE: Research Admin and Social Justice

    Posted 07-21-2021 15:02

    Equity (noun) justice according to natural law or right, specifically, freedom from bias or favoritism

    Justice (noun) the administration of law, the quality of being just, impartial or fair


    The lines of concern over social justice, race, intent, freedom of speech, activism, and critical race theory are scorching topics in Idaho right now.  The drama of the last year and a half has touched the hearts and minds of all areas of community, students, faculty, administration, and leadership around Boise State University. 

    Amidst all of the concern and a lot of misinformation, our President has established a new institute, The Institute for Advancing American Values.   She hopes to establish an opportunity to promote and model healthy dialogue by hosting talks, panels, and research.

    For our College office of research, we have always been proud to consider ourselves a safe place.  We believe that a professional environment demands a strategic and intentional protocol for behavior and process.  It does not mean that we do not enjoy our time in the office; it just means that we are conscientious of our students, colleagues, stakeholders, and guests.

    In March of 2020, our office transitioned to a 100% online environment.  This change is now a permanent transition.  Our protocols and processes have had to adapt and evolve with this change. I am also proud to say that our best practices for inclusivity and accessibility have transitioned with us.

    Great topic, Andrea!



    Michelle Davis, M.Ed.
    Research Administrator, Office of Research
    College of Health Sciences, Boise State University