Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

AGU has made great strides in narrowing gender gaps in many of our activities and honors. There is more work to be done, but gratifying progress can be perceived and measured. Similarly, AGU has succeeded in widespread culture change in our governance to ensure that students and early career voices are present and heard at virtually all meetings of committees and other governance bodies. In contrast, we have made discouragingly little progress in advancing inclusion of other under-represented groups, such as African-American, African, Hispanic, and Native North American students and science professionals. We have very little information about inclusion of the LGBTQ community. These issues are larger than AGU, but AGU should, nevertheless, be able to contribute to the solution and lead the way, as we have done for other diversity, harassment, and bullying issues, for scientific societies to tackle this challenge with meaningful and effective interventions. Finding the right paths forward will require significant research and deliberation and iterative steps of actions and evaluations over the long term. This task force is being asked to take an initial step to help guide AGU as it embarks on that journey.

Jill Karsten, NSF (retired), Eden Prairie, MN

Keiara Auzenne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
Carolyn Brinkworth, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
Petra Dekens, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Andrea Donnellan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Mejs Hasan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Ambrose Jearld, WHO (retired), East Falmouth, MA
Pui-Yu Ling, University of Maryland College Park, College Park,  MD
Ramon Lopez, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
Aisha Morris, UNAVCO, Inc., Boulder, CO
Amy Myrbo, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Tenea Nelson, Stanford Earth Sciences, Stanford, CA
Melanie Okoro, NOAA Camp Springs, Carmichael, CA
Facundo Scordo, Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tim van Emmerik, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Lesley Wyborn, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Xuan Zhang, Aeridyne Research, Inc, Billerica, MA

Staff Partner
Billy Williams
David Harwell
Rebekah Troutman

1. Review the current state of AGU Diversity and Inclusion policy and practices as they relate to recommended leading diversity and inclusion programs, the policies and practices of other professional/scholarly societies, and the needs of AGU members;
2. Recommend updates and revisions to the AGU 2002 Diversity Policy to reflect the above needs, and to include an up-to-date AGU working definition for diversity and Inclusion;
3. Review the available AGU metadata for suggested studies AGU can sponsor related to diversity and inclusion in Earth and space science, especially as it relates to AGU programming—such as, diversity participation in all facets of AGU Meetings, Publications, Honors and Recognition, Governance, student travel grants, scholarships or other AGU program experiences;
4. Review and recommend additional areas for AGU to provide increased support, research, and measures of effectiveness for a more robust AGU diversity and inclusion program;
5. Recommend whether any longer-term AGU Diversity Task Force or oversight committee is needed beyond the term for this task force; and, if yes, the role and responsibility for such a group; and
6. Recommend any additional considerations for AGU to inform and engage its members more broadly on the issues of diversity and inclusion, including how to leverage AGU emerging affiliation and engagement model to impact diversity and inclusion issues.

The Task Force is asked to begin its work by October 2017, and is asked to provide preliminary recommendations to AGU Council and Board by April 2018. The Task Force’s final recommendations are requested by the December 2018.

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