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The Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In August 2019, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announced the formation of a new Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), to foster a culture of inclusion in our pursuit of scientific excellence.  WHOI recognizes the need for leadership in this area, and to this end we invite the participation of our colleagues as we move forward.  The CDI will coordinate with existing committees and structures, within WHOI and the Woods Hole community, in this work.   see more...

WHOI President and Director: “Hang in There—We’ll Get Through This Together”


Dear WHOI Community,

This afternoon I watched, as many of you did as well, the deeply troubling footage of our nation’s Capitol Building under siege. Regardless of your political views, these actions are a fundamental challenge to our democracy and the rule of law. We hope and pray that calm will return to our nation's capital, and this storied and resilient democracy will not only prevail but thrive.

Here at home, I understand these events compound a mounting anxiety that has accumulated for all of us over the past year.  Now more than ever is a time to affirm our sense of community, reach out, and support each other. Make a call, go for a walk, get some air, hang in there—we’ll get through this together.


Peter de Menocal

January 6, 2021

CDEI Working Groups

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