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Historic Challenger Deep Visit

By gepackard | June 26, 2020

WHOI’s Ying-Tsong (Y.T.) Lin has become the first WHOI scientist to visit Challenger Deep in person and only “the 12th person in history and the first person of Asian descent to visit ocean’s deepest seafloor.” Dr. Lin is a scientist in the Ocean Acoustics & Signals Lab in the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering department.…

Juneteenth

By gepackard | June 19, 2020

Amid this year’s Black Lives matter protests and charged atmosphere, Juneteenth is receiving widespread recognition.  George Floyd’s brutal murder has sparked a national reckoning on race and police brutality.  Even before today’s demands for more transparency and accountability in policing, and racial justice in our society, remembrance of this piece of American history was having…

The Intersectionality of Pride

By gepackard | June 19, 2020

June is Pride Month, when we reflect on the rights, dignity, and equality afforded in our society to our LGBTQ+/GSM community. It is ordinarily a time for celebration. This year, in the wake of George Floyd’s brutal murder, many LGBTQ+ Pride organizations across the country have come together to lift the voices of Black LGBTQ+…

Hope Amidst Hurt: Anti-Racism and the Future of WHOI

By gepackard | June 13, 2020

On Friday the WCC and the CDI co-hosted a WHOI CommuniTea to give our WHOI community time to reflect and process together in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers. Over 250 people joined to listen and learn from thoughtful presentations framing the difficult conversations that we must have to…

#shutdownacademia and #shutdownSTEM

By gepackard | June 12, 2020

On Wednesday in Woods Hole, “more than 300 people—including engineers, chemists, and microbiologists—marched to support the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn institutional racism in academia and science.” Community members stopped business as usual to reflect on anti-black racism in America, recognize ways academia perpetuates harmful narratives, and plan ways to stop injustice. See local…

Meeting with AOPE Senior Staff

By gepackard | May 4, 2020

We were invited to speak to the AOPE senior staff at the weekly meeting today. Our presentation can be found on our internal page here. We introduced the work of the CDI and ways for everyone to be involved. Thank you to everyone who attended for the warm reception and your engagement! The discussion afterward…

CDI working groups

By gepackard | April 26, 2020

Hello! The CDI is organizing working groups to focus on on-going tasks. Watch this space to learn more!

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In the News

June 10, 2020
Photo Gallery: Woods Hole science community protests racism
Cape Cod Times

June 11, 2020
The Week In Photos - June 12, 2020
The Enterprise

June 22, 2020
What Black scientists want from colleagues and their institutions
Nature

June 26, 2020
WHOI Researcher Dives to Challenger Deep
WHOI News Release

June 30, 2020
How one science hub grapples with diversifying STEM
The Christian Science Monitor