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 Fridays at noon on January 19, February 23, March 22, April 19, and May 17. A new schedule of calls will be developed for June to August 2024. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at eco4cast.initiative@gmail.com

Book Clubs

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

In October 2023 the DEI Working Group created this living document to provide a summary of action items suggested during book club calls. The living document is to be used as a reference to support and inspire activities for EFI that can be developed and led as individuals have time, availability, and interest in doing so. The living document also provides an opportunity to collate and celebrate activities that have taken place that have been inspired by or align with suggestions from the book clubs.

Previous books include:

DEI Resources and Blog Posts

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.

Bibliography
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

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. January 19, 2024
  2. December 18, 2023
  3. November 20, 2023
  4. October 16, 2023
  5. September 18, 2023
  6. August 14, 2023
  7. July 17, 2023
  8. June 12, 2023
  9. May 9, 2023
  10. April 11, 2023
  11. March 14, 2023
  12. February 14, 2023
  13. January 10, 2023
  14. December 7, 2022
  15. November 9th, 2022
  16. August 11th, 2022
  17. July 14th, 2022
  18. June 16th, 2022
  19. May 6, 2022
  20. April 8, 2022
  21. March 11, 2022
  22. February 4, 2022
  23. December 14, 2021
  24. November 16, 2021
  25. October 19, 2021
  26. September 28, 2021
  27. August 19, 2021
  28. July 15, 2021
  29. June 17, 2021
  30. May 17, 2021
  31. April 12, 2021
  32. March 22, 2021
  33. February 22, 2021
  34. January 25, 2021
  35. December 11, 2020
  36. November 20, 2020
  37. October 23, 2020
  38. September 25, 2020
  39. August 25, 2020
  40. July 28, 2020
  41. June 30, 2020
  42. June 2, 2020
  43. May 5, 2020
  44. March 30, 2020
  45. March 2, 2020
  46. November 21, 2019
  47. October 31, 2019
  48. September 17, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call
  49. July 12, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call