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 January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9 at 1pm US Eastern. A new schedule of calls will be developed for June to August 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. February 14, 2023
  2. January 10, 2023
  3. December 7, 2022
  4. November 9th, 2022
  5. August 11th, 2022
  6. July 14th, 2022
  7. June 16th, 2022
  8. May 6, 2022
  9. April 8, 2022
  10. March 11, 2022
  11. February 4, 2022
  12. December 14, 2021
  13. November 16, 2021
  14. October 19, 2021
  15. September 28, 2021
  16. August 19, 2021
  17. July 15, 2021
  18. June 17, 2021
  19. May 17, 2021
  20. April 12, 2021
  21. March 22, 2021
  22. February 22, 2021
  23. January 25, 2021
  24. December 11, 2020
  25. November 20, 2020
  26. October 23, 2020
  27. September 25, 2020
  28. August 25, 2020
  29. July 28, 2020
  30. June 30, 2020
  31. June 2, 2020
  32. May 5, 2020
  33. March 30, 2020
  34. March 2, 2020
  35. November 21, 2019
  36. October 31, 2019
  37. September 17, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call
  38. July 12, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call