Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Developing a pathway toward Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within EOS (JEDI-EOS) through recruitment, collaboration, and research

 

Increasing diversity in the geosciences is widely recognized as a high priority need, as geoscience is the least diverse discipline within STEM and has made no progress on increasing diversity over the past 40 years. EOS lacks diversity in much the same manner as the geosciences in general. Our overarching goal is to better position EOS for success in enhancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within our research community and pursue complex research questions with societal impact.

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JEDI-EOS strives to create an inclusive environment for everyone in EOS. As a part of this goal, we are sharing our culture of universal respect. EOS welcomes all, including faculty, staff, students, and guests, regardless of their appearance, age, background, ability, identity, race, national or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, socioeconomic or political status, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. We are committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying, retaliation, or inappropriate physical contact. We respect and celebrate each other’s differences and condemn actions that create toxic work environments that reduce the quality, integrity, and pace of the advancement of science by marginalizing individuals and communities. 

As community members engaged in higher education and research, we celebrate the healthy exchange of ideas through reason and respectful argumentation. Creating a positive, supportive work environment that allows for this healthy exchange is the responsibility of every person in EOS. However, reality suggests that actions are still necessary to achieve this ideal. We share here our belief that the success and wellbeing of the EOS community depends on our commitment to a culture of universal respect. 

This statement was inspired by and modified from the CEPS DEI Committee Expectation of Universal Respect.

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Our Work Across UNH to Improve Diversity, Equity and InclusionEOS researchers are working across the university to improve diversity, equity and inclusion. UNH has developed Strategic Diversity Initiatives to serve as an overarching guiding document for our efforts. Many of our researchers are part of the Inclusion Council and serve on other UNH DEI Committees, including those in CEPS, COLSA, the Marine School, and in Departments such as Earth Sciences, Physics, and the Shoals Marine Lab. Some of our researchers have also participated in the 2020-2021 COLA Sidore Lecture Series that focused on "Honoring the Mother of All People."

EOS researchers are currently participating in three groups, or pods, as part of the Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE) initiative: The Ocean Mapping and Engineering Pod, the Earth Systems Research Center/Ocean Process Analysis Lab Pod, and the Department of Earth Sciences pod. These pods worked through a curriculum focused on improving inclusivity and addressing challenges related to racism in the geosciences field. Pod members developed various action items and deliverables for each session; more deliverables are on the way, and the pods continue to meet as part of this effort. 

 

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A Zoom meeting for the Ocean Mapping and Engineering Pod of the URGE curriculum. 

 

The University of New Hampshire is committed to building and nurturing an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff can thrive. We also are committed to providing open and inclusive access for all alumni, volunteers, learners, employees, and visitors seeking to participate in our programs and activities. We venture to sustain a campus environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding. We believe diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are foundational values inextricably linked to achieving our core educational mission; and we embrace the many characteristics of our community members that make them uniquely themselves. Here, you belong, and all are welcome.

As we all journey on the trail of life, we wish to acknowledge the spiritual and physical connection the Pennacook, Abenaki, and Wabanaki Peoples have maintained to N’dakinna (homeland) and the aki (land), nebi (water), olakwika (flora), and awaasak (fauna) which the University of New Hampshire community is honored to steward today. We also acknowledge the hardships they continue to endure after the loss of unceded homelands and champion the university’s responsibility to foster relationships and opportunities that strengthen the well-being of the Indigenous People who carry forward the traditions of their ancestors.

Listen to the Acknowledgement read by Denise Pouliot  > >

Our External Partnerships and Collaborations to Improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The Aulbani J. Beauregard Center for Equity, Justice, and Freedom offers a variety of resources for students, faculty and staff to create a more inclusive, equitable, and socially just campus. 
 

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The Incident Report Form should be used for the reporting of all incidents of discrimination and discriminatory harassment, bias and/or hate crime, retaliation, and sexual harassment and/or violence that involves any member of the UNH community.

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Please reach out to us with any feedback or concerns about our efforts to make sure EOS is a welcoming and inclusive environment. The JEDI-EOS team can be reached via email at jedi-eos@unh.edu