The Office of Academic Affairs & Diversity is housed in the Lamont Directorate, and has the following mission and focus:

1. To enable better representation of underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, and promoting diversity and inclusion among all scientific ranks at Lamont;

2. To develop policies, procedures, and initiatives for academic affairs and diversity. These include: search and recruitment procedures; appointments and promotions; salary structures; family leave policies; bylaws and governance; mentoring programs; awards and recognition; and the advancement of junior scientists.



View a summary of our Key Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives. To learn about these activities and initiatives in greater detail, click on the Documents menu link above.



This office conducts training and presentations on Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat, especially customized to the STEM workplace. Sessions can last anywhere between 1 - 2 hours. To request a bias training session, email kdutt@ldeo.columbia.edu


Kuheli Dutt


Dr. Kuheli Dutt is the Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and Diversity at Lamont, and serves as Lamont's Diversity Officer. Dr. Dutt has a PhD in public policy, and extensive experience developing diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs. Her research focuses on gender issues, implicit bias, and diversity in the sciences. Her paper on Gender Differences in Recommendation Letters for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Geoscience was published in Nature Geoscience. Her book, Women in the Geosciences was published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and her op-ed on How Implicit Bias and Lack of Diversity Undermine Science was published in Scientific American. Dr. Dutt was also a co-author for an article in a special edition of The Lancet on Women in Science.

Dr. Dutt’s work has been covered by media venues including: NPR Science Friday; New York Times; Huffington Post; Scientific American; Nature; Science;  Eos (AGU);  Inside Higher Ed;  Physics World;  Ars Technica;  The Verge;  Smithsonian; El Español; Time; Fortune;  and others. Dr. Dutt has presented to national and international audiences on STEM diversity and implicit bias, and serves on the International Advisory Board for Gender Equality at the University of Southern Denmark. Dr. Dutt also serves on the Columbia University Senate Commission on the Status of Women; and the Columbia University Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Dr. Dutt has served on several panels, committees, and workshops including Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, National Science Foundation, Association of Women in Science, and Aspen Global Change Institute.

Specific to Lamont, Dr. Dutt participates in the following areas of leadership:

  • LDEO Executive Committee (ExCom): This committee deals with all policy and programmatic issues associated with future directions of the Observatory. For more details click here.
  • LDEO Promotions & Careers Subcommittee (P&C): This committee assesses the present research performance of the Observatory. For details click here.
  • LDEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee: This committee selects the top candidates for the LDEO Postdoctoral Fellowships. For more details click here.
  • LDEO Associate Directors Council (ADC): This group deals with the day to day management of the Observatory and provides counsel to the Director.
  • LDEO Annual Performance Review: This committee assesses the performance of the scientific staff and recommends merit-based salary increases
  • LDEO Excellence in Mentoring Award: This award recognizes a member of the Lamont research staff for mentoring of juniors. For details go to Excellence in Mentoring Award
  • Lamont Campus Life Committee: This committee reviews and recommends improvements to policies, procedures and facilities pertaining to the general quality of life on the Lamont Campus.
  • Search committees for Officers of Research: These groups make decisions pertaining to hiring new research staff at LDEO. The Office of Academic Affairs & Diversity provides guidelines and support to these committees. For more details go to Search Committees
  • Ad-Hoc committees (equivalent of tenure-review) for senior staff appointments at LDEO.