Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

This committee advises AGU on the planning and execution of leading diversity and inclusion (D&I) organizational practices.  The AGU Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee reports to both the AGU Board of Directors and the AGU Council.


Lisa White, University of California, Berkeley, CA


Christopher Atchison, U of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Keiara Auzenne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

Petra Dekens, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Ryan Emanuel, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC

Corey Garza, California State University, Monterey Bay, CA

Benjamin Keisling, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Katarena Matos, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Vernon Morris, Howard University, Washington, DC

Amy Myrbo, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Allen Pope, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Akureyri, Iceland

Facundo Scordo, Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Julie Sexton, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Susan Sullivan, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Dawn Wright, Esri, Redlands, CA

Lesley Wyborn, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Staff Partners

Billy Williams, Vice President, Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion

David Harwell, Director, Talent Pool


Facilitate steps AGU staff and members should take across all AGU programs to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in the AGU Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.  Be knowledgeable on diversity and inclusion organizational and leadership practices. Serve as AGU internal and external ambassadors for diversity and inclusion—i.e., share and promote information across the AGU membership and external to AGU that helps cultivate a culture that embraces diversity and respect in the advancement of Earth and space sciences, and helps AGU to become a model organization for inclusive practices.

Key Initiatives

  • Serve as a partner to AGU program leaders (including Meetings, Publications, Honors and Recognition, Membership, Talent Pool, Affiliation and Engagement, Governance, and Ethics). Conduct D&I reviews across each program annually and make recommendations on cross-cutting leading D&I practices.
  • In coordination with AGU program committees, establish annual metrics and assess progress through an annual D&I dashboard report provided to Council and Board.
  • Provide oversight to the AGU annual work-climate survey; and, based on those results, recommend updated D&I priorities for consideration in each 2-year Board and Council work plan.
  • Collaborate with external partner organizations across earth and space sciences on implementation of leading D&I practices, both in U.S. and internationally.


  • Participate in four virtual meetings annually, approximately one each quarter.
  • Participate in one face-to-face 1.5-day meeting at AGU Headquarters in Washington DC., typically in the spring of each year.
  • The D&I committee will follow AGU governance protocol and will be assessed for impact of this structure by AGU Council and Board after an initial 3-year period, and every 3 years thereafter.

Questions about this committee can be directed to Billy Williams (bwilliams@agu.org).