Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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.
  • Diversity with EFI and How You Can Get Involved, June 18, 2020
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 June 2, June 30, July 28, August 25 at 4pm 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. June 30, 2020
  2. June 2, 2020
  3. May 5, 2020
  4. March 30, 2020
  5. March 2, 2020
  6. November 21, 2019
  7. October 31, 2019
  8. September 17, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call
  9. July 12, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call