The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Committee on Diversity and Inclusion will initiate and implement an open forum for discussion of issues concerning diversity and inclusion within its institution. Diversity is defined here as any race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status, or veteran status, which is a minority at WHOI. The primary charge of the WHOI CDI is to aid the Institution in its efforts to recruit, retain and mentor a diverse community of employees, students and postdoctoral researchers and foster a culture of inclusion.
Purpose and Objectives
- Encourage and assist the Institution in its efforts to create pathways of opportunity to recruit, retain, and mentor a diverse Institution community
- Sponsor periodic functions, activities and events to promote diversity and inclusion
- Foster connectivity and promote common goals via liaisons to WHOI committees such as the Workplace Climate Committee, the WHOI Women’s Committee, and the WHOI International Committee, and Woods Hole community groups such as GLOW, the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee and the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative; pooling resources for joint activities is encouraged
- Hold regular meetings with minutes posted online within 30 days of the meeting. At least one meeting per year, or more at the committee’s discretion, will be an open meeting which any member of the WHOI community can attend
- Develop and maintain a WHOI Committee on Diversity and Inclusion website that includes committee activities and diversity-related resources
- In order to facilitate the above objectives, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion can form ad hoc working groups that may include WHOI individuals not on the committee and may receive funding from the committee, at its discretion. Working groups will report their activities and progress to the full Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
- Review and evaluate committee priorities, goals, and activities every two years (or more frequently, as needed). Develop and utilize metrics for evaluating committee priorities, goals, and activities
Reporting and Membership
The WHOI Committee on Diversity and Inclusion will report to the President and Director of the Institution. The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion will be led by two co-chairs and shall consist of an additional nine (9) regular members, representing multiple levels of scientific, technical, and support staff, students, and postdoctoral researchers. Efforts will be made to ensure that different grades of staff (scientific, technical, administrative, junior and senior staff, etc.) and different facets of diversity will be represented. Additionally the committee will include two permanent ex-officio members: the Director of Human Resources and Dean of APO (or their representatives).
The committee will select representatives to liaise with other relevant WHOI and Woods Hole area committees such as the WHOI Workplace Climate Committee, the Women’s Committee, the WHOI International Committee, GLOW, and the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee.
The membership selection process will ensure broad and diverse representation from different staff, student, and demographic categories. The initial Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and appointment of the committee co-chairs will be established by the President and Director based on recommendations put forward by the Workplace Climate Committee co-chairs. The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion co-chairs will present recommendations to the President and Director for initial and future committee appointments (including future co-chairs) and will ensure broad and diverse representation on the committee. Committee members will serve two-year terms, with the exception of approximately half of the initial members who will serve three years, so that member replacement is staggered.
The following is a list of possible activities that could be initiated by the WHOI Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to fulfill their mission statement
- Raise awareness and importance of diversity issues through sponsoring functions, such as diversity lectures
- Encourage open discussions regarding workforce diversity
- Raise awareness regarding fellowship, scholarship, and job opportunities
- Plan workshops and training sessions to educate employees and students about diversity issues and accountability
- Outreach to local public and private schools targeting local minority students
- Develop a mentoring program targeting minority staff, postdoctoral researchers, and students
- Support Woods Hole Black History Month celebration