Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the SY Section

“To elevate geosciences in diverse communities, especially those historically underserved by and underrepresented in science… create a welcoming community for all to maintain strong connections and partnerships with the Earth and space sciences”

— Statement of Purpose, Science and Society Section

AGU signed A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color: Listen, Act, Lead. As your Science and Society section leadership, we strongly echo these sentiments: “Scientists should have a positive impact on broader societal issues and act out against racism and police violence as a matter of basic humanity. This is particularly necessary within the scientific community, where the impact of racism has limited the representation of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people across all sectors of the scientific enterprise.” It is clear that our efforts to date have not been sufficient, and further action is overdue. We urge everyone to read the recommendations in the call to action, and identify clear actions you can take both in the short and long-term.

Going forward, we will strive to make our commitment to building an anti-racist science community more explicit. For our Fall Meeting session conveners, we urge you to critically integrate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into your session plans. Please use the JEDI Ideas for SY Session Conveners below.

Fall 2020 SY Social Science Session
SY Social and Behavioral Science Session - Fall Meeting 2020

JEDI Ideas for SY Session Conveners

We strongly encourage all Science and Society session conveners to prioritize JEDI in their events during the Fall Meeting. Below are practical ways to incorporate JEDI into a session agenda.
  1. Ask presenters how their research intersects with JEDI considerations
    • Who is conducting the research
    • Who is the research being shared with
    • Which populations or geographies are you working in
  2. Consider JEDI during Q&A
    • Who are you calling out
    • Are you leaving out unfamiliar or younger attendees, people whose names you cannot pronounce
  3. Evaluate JEDI representation amongst presenters and audience members
    • Are there key groups that we are missing out (as far as we can tell in the virtual platform)

Section Survey 2020 Key Takeaways

Why a survey?

In 2020, Science and Society section leadership desired input on addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion from section members to inform actions that would live beyond just a statement. The survey invited people into the conversation and prompted conversations and resource sharing. The key takeaways of the survey provide the section leadership with a baseline of how we should define diversity, equity, and inclusion and what we should do. This survey was an initial step toward creating a JEDI action plan for our section.

What does "diversity, equity, and inclusion" mean?

  • “build safe space,” “fair and free space”
  • “diversify,” “bring multiple viewpoints”
  • “no difference in how we treat people”
  • “access to underrepresented communities,” “provide equal opportunities”

What should we do?

  • Deepen engagement with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority serving institutions (MSIs)
  • Mentoring opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Allocate resources for underrepresented groups to attend AGU
  • Diversify speakers and invited talks