Building and supporting diverse and inclusive scientific communities pays dividends for science, humanity, and our world. At NCEAS we are working hard to help make this vision a reality. I’d like to share with you a few recent steps we have taken towards this end, which are focused on cultivating diversity and inclusion within our own community – among those who visit us for working groups, trainings, and other meetings, as well as our residents and staff.
Through a newly formed Diversity Team, we spent the last year evaluating our practices and performance and developing a plan forward, and we have begun implementing many of the team’s recommendations. Some of these actions include the following:
- Creating a nursing/family room for residents and researchers visiting for working group meetings, trainings, or other meetings at NCEAS.
- Launching and continuing to build a "one-stop" online list of resources that support diversity and inclusion among our visitor and resident communities, which covers topics such as childcare and accessibility.
- Developing a Code of Conduct to clearly communicate our expectations for professionalism in the workplace.
- Institutionalizing a process to ensure all residents and visitors know of these resources and commitments.
- Pursuing funding to support travel for family caregivers of visiting researchers at NCEAS and for residents who require similar support to attend conferences.
- Establishing a process for our Diversity Team to regularly review progress and update recommendations.
I am always open to ideas on how NCEAS can further support the diversity of people needed to build a vibrant community and make the center as comfortable and welcoming as it can be for all visitors and residents.
Working together, we can create a scientific culture that supports everyone, helping make letters like this become antiquated.
Ben Halpern, Executive Director