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.

Summer 2022 Book Group

The EFI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group is hosting a book group this summer to discuss Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil. The book provides an analysis of how the use of big data and algorithms in a variety of fields, including insurance, advertising, education, and policing, can lead to decisions that harm the poor, reinforce racism, and amplify inequality. The group will meet weekly for 4-5 weeks in June and July.
Email EFI to receive a poll to schedule times for the calls.

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.

DEI Working Group Schedule of Calls:
The DEI Working Group will meet on June 16, July 14, and August 11 at 1pm US Eastern. A new schedule of calls will be developed for September to December 2022. 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. May 6, 2022
  2. April 8, 2022
  3. March 11, 2022
  4. February 4, 2022
  5. December 14, 2021
  6. November 16, 2021
  7. October 19, 2021
  8. September 28, 2021
  9. August 19, 2021
  10. July 15, 2021
  11. June 17, 2021
  12. May 17, 2021
  13. April 12, 2021
  14. March 22, 2021
  15. February 22, 2021
  16. January 25, 2021
  17. December 11, 2020
  18. November 20, 2020
  19. October 23, 2020
  20. September 25, 2020
  21. August 25, 2020
  22. July 28, 2020
  23. June 30, 2020
  24. June 2, 2020
  25. May 5, 2020
  26. March 30, 2020
  27. March 2, 2020
  28. November 21, 2019
  29. October 31, 2019
  30. September 17, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call
  31. July 12, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call