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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

We are committed to improving diversity and inclusion in science.

We at NCEAS value the diversity of expertise, backgrounds, needs, and experiences reflected among our residents, visitors, and broader communities. We acknowledge the historical and present-day inequities in the fields of ecology and data science and the larger systems of power and privilege that have contributed to these inequities, and we strive to actively redress them as an institution and as individuals. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, parental status, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, citizenship status, and nationality.

We are currently working towards the following goals to advance diversity and inclusion:

  • Foster an informed, welcoming, and inclusive culture at NCEAS
  • Support diverse and inclusive working groups
  • Increase and support the diversity of NCEAS staff and researchers
  • Recognize and engage with diverse perspectives and communities external to NCEAS
  • Provide training and other opportunities to individuals from under-represented groups in ecology

For more information on our intentions and expectations, please read our 2021 update of our DEI Strategic Plan and Code of Conduct.

We provide the following list of resources with the hope that they are useful and beneficial to the diverse individuals in our extended community. Some resources are general or simply informational; others are specific (e.g., third-party organizations that may help NCEAS visitors with unique needs, or resources provided by UCSB). If you believe something is missing from this list or if you have other suggestions for how we can do more to create an inclusive environment at NCEAS, please contact us.

Resources for on-site residents & visitors

Other general resources

I feel synthesis centers play an important role in contributing to equity in science.

Fiorenza Micheli, co-director of Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions, former NCEAS postdoc