Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Book Club Opportunity

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group is hosting a book club starting mid-December 2020 to read Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. Email eco4cast.initiative@gmail.com to be sent the poll to find times to meet. There are funds available to purchase a small number of books for anyone needing help accessing the book.

Conversations on Diversity and Data Seminar Series

The EFI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group is hosting a 4 part virtual seminar series to foster conversations, actions, and making community connections that help promote diversity within ecological forecasting.

Each call will be structured with an invited panel to share their experiences and perspectives, time for small breakout groups to facilitate discussion, and wrap up with a plenary Q&A. The formal portion of the call will last for 60 minutes.  For those who can stay longer, there will be 30 minutes of unstructured time for additional information discussions. 

The 4 session topics are:

  1. What do diverse students need to thrive in data- and computer-heavy settings? November 19, 2020 at 2pm US Eastern time
    • A recording of this seminar and the Q&A are available here.
  2. What does culturally competent data science training look like? January 20, 2021 at 12pm US Eastern time
  3. What do community colleges need to support their students to transfer into data-driven 4-year programs? Date and time in February 2021 to be determined
  4. What kind of online tools are useful and work well for remote learning? Date and time in March 2021 to be determined

On January 20, 2021 at 12pm US eastern time we will host our second virtual panel presentation and discussion. Fullscreen Mode

Overview of DEI Group

The Ecological Forecasting Initiative recognizes that a diverse community brings different expertise and experience towards ecological forecasting; we see such diversity as a benefit, and necessary to the development of a diverse and inclusive community of interest and practice.  Thus, we welcome all participants, and encourage patience and tolerance among all, holding curiosity and respect as the cornerstones of personal and professional growth. 

An iterative approach works not only in the process of ecological forecasting, but if we adopt a mindset to continually engage with people of different backgrounds, get input, revise our efforts, we will become a more diverse community.

The Strategic Plan provides an overview of the steps the DEI Working Group is taking to promote diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in EFI.

DEI Resources and Blog Posts

  • This Bibliography is a living document that provides resources for learning more about anti-racism and the diversity status of fields relevant to ecological forecasting.  These resources include lists of minority supporting associations, links to diversity and inclusion plans from professional societies, blog posts, publications, and compiled lists of resources from other organizations. If there are additional resources you have found useful, submit them through this Google form.
Video overview of the DEI Group from the May 12-13, 2020 EFI-RCN Virtual Workshop

DEI Working Group Schedule of Calls:
The DEI Group will be meeting on September 25, October 23, November 20, and December 11 at 1pm US Eastern. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at eco4cast.initiative@gmail.com

Notes from Working Group Calls
Co-Chairs: Diana Dalbotten (University of Minnesota), Jason McLachlan (University of Notre Dame)

  1. October 23, 2020
  2. September 25, 2020
  3. August 25, 2020
  4. July 28, 2020
  5. June 30, 2020
  6. June 2, 2020
  7. May 5, 2020
  8. March 30, 2020
  9. March 2, 2020
  10. November 21, 2019
  11. October 31, 2019
  12. September 17, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call
  13. July 12, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call