The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) and the teaching area of Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) hold central the value that all members of our community are treated with respect and are provided equal opportunities for success in our educational and work environments. In a continued effort to help build and maintain a diverse and inclusive community, as well as help address issues of gender- and race-based discrimination and harassment, EPS and ESE have established a standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
The Committee is charged with the tasks of collecting community-sourced concerns, leading community-wide events around issues of diversity and inclusion, and advising the Chairs on possible actions. As such, the committee serves as a central conduit for issues related to harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, country of national origin, visa status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability handicap, pregnancy status and other legally protected categories. The committee spearheads initiatives and recommends actions to support and retain a diverse and inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff.
The Committee will ordinarily be comprised of ten members, typically reflecting the core constituencies of our EPS and ESE community: undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows/researchers, faculty, and staff. The committee’s composition will be reviewed annually with the expectation of short (2 year) terms, preferably staggered (so that there is always at least one member from each category with experience from the previous year). Current committee members will solicit volunteers from each group, and will provide advice to and consult with the chairs during their selection of incoming replacements.