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Please take a careful look at the following resources, offered to help us create a safe community of inquiry for all. These include information about reporting harassment, our community's code of conduct and a set of links to related, outside resources.

Measuring Organizational Culture and Climate

During the summer and fall of 2021, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), with support from Smithsonian Civil Program (SI Civil), worked with the Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR) team to conduct a survey about the cultural climate at STRI.

The survey was the first cultural climate survey conducted at STRI, and we thank the nearly 800 community members who responded. Data from this survey will be used as a benchmark to measure success and improvements going forward.

You can read the executive summary and full report here:

STRI Cultural climate survey full report 2021 | STRI climate survey executive summary

Let’s create a safe environment

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STRI Anti-Harassment Action Plan Updates


Smithsonian Work Policies

  • Failure to comply with SI and STRI policies and local laws might be a cause for termination of employment with STRI, termination of your project and/or official relationship with STRI, and the cessation of collaboration with STRI
  • SI Code of Ethics
  • Expectations of Conduct
  • All STRI operations and initiatives are required to be conducted with the utmost concern for the safety and security of individuals, the upkeep of infrastructure and equipment and the preservation of the environment. Therefore, it is required of all STRI employees, research collaborators, students, invitees and subcontractors to comply with the policy requirements of SD 419 -Smithsonian Institution Safety and Health Program

How to report incidents*:

STRI Human Resources Contact Information
Jaime Velasco
Office of Human Resources
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
(+507) 6379-8468

SI Civil Program Contact Information
Amanda Jones
SI Civil Coordinator
Smithsonian Institution
(+001) 202-633-6379

Any Smithsonian/STRI Supervisor

STRI is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from any form of harassment. All Smithsonian supervisors are obligated to report harassment that they witness or that is reported to them. Retaliation against individuals who report inappropriate behavior is prohibited by Smithsonian policies.

*Note that reporting to STRI HR, SI Civil, or a supervisor is confidential to the greatest extent possible. Please see the SI Civil Handbook for further information regarding confidentiality. Completely confidential resources may be found below.

How to speak to a confidential resource:

If you are not sure about filing a report or would like to discuss your options or specific situation with an office that operates under principles of confidentiality, you may contact the Smithsonian Ombuds (Shadella Davis – (+001) 202-633-2008 / or the Employee Assistance Program (Tim Holloman, Manager - The Employee Assistance Program is also available in multiple languages through Inova. More information about this may be found below:

Inova Employee Assistance Program Contact Information

This resource is available to STRI employees and STRI-affiliated individuals (fellows, research associates, post-docs, interns, etc.).

Inova EAP Website

  • Click on “Member Log-in” - Username is Smithsonian, and password is EAP
  • Select preferred language
  • Click the LiveConnect chat button (if a Spanish-speaking counselor is needed they can request one)

Inova EAP Phone 1-800-346-0110 (can also call free through computer using Skype, if a Spanish-speaking counselor is needed they can request one)

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