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The Committee for Diversity 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...

Making Geosciences Antiracist

It is not now, nor has it ever been, the most vulnerable folks’ job to fix structural oppression.” Dartmouth College astrophysicist Jedidah Isler

In the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Dion Johnson, and Ahmaud Arbery, people across the nation and around the globe are voicing their long-held frustration with institutions that perpetuate racism and racial inequity. Within the geosciences, there is also a long-held and growing frustration with our own institutions and communities, and the lack of real progress toward racial equity and mutual respect.

This past week, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) signed A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color: Listen, Act, Lead.  The authors of this call to action express concern with the lack of leadership in the sciences to address the prevalence of racism and inequity in our communities, and they propose specific, actionable strategies to transform the geosciences and help create an anti-racist scientific community. These strategies require commitment and decisive anti-racist action—by each of us as individuals, and by the leadership of science organizations, societies, agencies, and institutions. Being passively “not racist” has not changed anything: The data are in, they are conclusive, and they are undeniable.

Please see the special topic section in EOS to address systemic racism and persistent inequality in the geosciences.

CDI Working Groups

Sign up to help with one of our CDI Working Groups.  There are five CDI Working Groups looking for volunteers for tasks both large and small.  Learn more here. Inquiries from outside the Institution should be directed to the Information Office at or to the Human Resources Office at