Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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 Working Group Schedule of Calls:
The DEI Working Group will meet on September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 7 at 3pm US Eastern. A new schedule of calls will be developed for January to May 2023. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at eco4cast.initiative@gmail.com

Book Groups

The EFI DEI Working Group hosts book groups that read books on topics relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion academia, science, and ecological forecasting. Typically the book groups meet in June-July each year.

Previous books include:

DEI Resources and Blog Posts

Conversations on Diversity and Data Seminar Series
The EFI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group hosted a 4 part virtual seminar series to foster conversations, actions, and making community connections that help promote diversity within ecological forecasting. The 4 session topics and links to recordings of the panels and resources shared are listed below.

  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 panel 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.
    • A recording of this panel and resources shared during the panel are available here.
  3. How can 4-year data-driven institutions and programs support students transferring from community colleges? February 19, 2021 at 1pm US Eastern time
    • A recording of this panel and resources are available here.
  4. What kind of online tools are useful and work well for remote learning and teaching? March 25, 2021 at 1pm US Eastern time.
    • A recording of this panel and resources are available here.

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.

You can find the publications in the Bibliography tagged as “EFI DEI Paper” in the publicly-open Ecological Forecasting Initiative Bibliography Zotero group library

Blog Post and Video Resources
Blog Post: Diversity with EFI and How You Can Get Involved, June 18, 2020

Anna Sjodin’s overview of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group’s activities for the EFI 2022 Conference held May 23-25, 2022.

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

  1. November 9th, 2022
  2. August 11th, 2022
  3. July 14th, 2022
  4. June 16th, 2022
  5. May 6, 2022
  6. April 8, 2022
  7. March 11, 2022
  8. February 4, 2022
  9. December 14, 2021
  10. November 16, 2021
  11. October 19, 2021
  12. September 28, 2021
  13. August 19, 2021
  14. July 15, 2021
  15. June 17, 2021
  16. May 17, 2021
  17. April 12, 2021
  18. March 22, 2021
  19. February 22, 2021
  20. January 25, 2021
  21. December 11, 2020
  22. November 20, 2020
  23. October 23, 2020
  24. September 25, 2020
  25. August 25, 2020
  26. July 28, 2020
  27. June 30, 2020
  28. June 2, 2020
  29. May 5, 2020
  30. March 30, 2020
  31. March 2, 2020
  32. November 21, 2019
  33. October 31, 2019
  34. September 17, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call
  35. July 12, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call