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Working Groups

Resources & Metrics Group

The Resources & Metrics Group is responsible for gathering data and establishing a method of measuring the progress of the CDI.  This group will research the resources WHOI currently has at its disposal, and best practices from other academic institutions, NGOs and businesses.  The group will assemble data on promotion of both diversity and inclusion, and identify ways to measuring increases in both diversity and inclusion.

Contact: Todd Kohn & Viviane Menezes

Community Building Group

Community Building Group is responsible for organizing ambassadors to the community, at WHOI, regionally, and at other oceanographic institutions.  This group will work within the Institution to promote ongoing individual efforts.  In Woods Hole, this group will work with groups like the DAC.  This group will reach further into the GeoSciences community, establishing relationships with other institutions and technical associations.

Contact: Catherine Walker & Julia Westwater

Academic Recruitment Group

Academic Recruitment Group is responsible for enhancing recruitment of under-represented groups to our Academic Programs (JP, postdocs, undergrad programs).  This group will work with APO, PEP, and MIT to establish institutional relationships and pathways for access.

Contact: Julie Huber, Julia Middleton & Paris Smalls

Messaging & Implementation Group

Messaging & Implementation Group is responsible for composing, designing, and communicating our message.  This group will propose and lobby for concrete actions that WHOI leadership can implement at the institutional level, in part based on best practices data gathered by the Resources & Metrics Group.   These could include bystander training, inclusion training, amendments to hiring practices, or amendments to promotion practices.

Contact: Veronique LaCapra & Leah McRaven

Room Naming Working Group

The Room Naming Working Group is charged with honoring the important contributions of people of under-represented races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities at WHOI. This Working Group is composed of members of the Women’s Committee, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Workplace Climate Committee, International Committee, and Development, and will facilitate the naming of 10 conference rooms used by both academic and non-academic departments over the next 5 years.




Events Group

Events Group is responsible for organizing the Committee participation in events we are invited to attend, events we co-sponsor or sponsor, and events we initiate.  Additionally, this group will work to identify a large scale Keystone Project that the Institution can implement, along with funding sources for the project.

Contact: Stephanie Madsen & Kayleah Griffen

URGE Working Group

The URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geoscience) Working Group is tasked with working with URGE pod leaders to curate WHOI URGE deliverables and promote collaboration and adoption of policy recommendations throughout the Institution.

See the URGE homepage here.

See WHOI URGE progress here.


Gender pronoun buttons available

By gepackard | September 15, 2021

The CDEI ordered gender pronoun buttons for people to use for in-person gatherings, when those happen again. They are available on both campuses. Please help yourself. There is a bowl in the Smith Lobby and a bowl on the front desk of APO in Clark. We’ll refresh the supply periodically. Also, the LGBTQ+ small business…

Welcome to our new CDEIO!

By gepackard | August 5, 2021

New WHOI Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer July 30, 2021 Woods Hole, MA – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the world’s independent leader in ocean discovery, exploration, and education, today announced the appointment of Dr. Natalie Nevárez as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Nevárez will begin in this newly created role on August…

July 16 Communitea on Allyship

By kgriffen | July 6, 2021

The WHOI Workplace Climate Committee, GLOW and Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be co-sponsoring a WHOI-wide CommuniTea on Friday, July 16th at 11 am. This is a follow up to the July 4th GLOW/CDEI Panel Discussion on Allyship. We are looking to hold either a Virtual or Hybrid event. Please use the following…

You Are Welcome Here (YAWH)

By gepackard | June 23, 2021

Wandering the halls of WHOI, you may have noticed small rainbow stickers sprinkled throughout the buildings. The stickers depict a ship’s silhouette, set against the colors of the new pride flag, designed by Daniel Quasar. These small stickers help Queer folks identify spaces where they can expect to feel comfortable and in the company of…

What is Juneteenth? – Woos Hole Diversity

By gepackard | June 16, 2021

More information here.

2021 Allyship Panel Discussion

By gepackard | June 7, 2021

June 4th GLOW & CDEI co-hosted an Allyship Panel in honor of Pride Month and the upcoming Juneteenth.  We had over 130 participants and a fantastic discussion with our panelists and audience. We began with this video on What is Allyship and Why is it Important?  In just under three minutes, it frames what it…

STEMFest Film Festival: A celebration of African-American & Caribbean STEM Professionals

By gepackard | June 4, 2021

Students at Falmouth and Mashpee high schools have created a series of short videos interviewing African-American STEM professionals from the area in a variety of careers including epidemiology, primatology, biology, landscape architecture, engineering, fisheries management, science education, and more. Come to the premiere to hear their inspiring stories. Time & Day: Thursday, June 17 from…

Celebrating Pride Month with GLOW

By gepackard | June 1, 2021

Written by Ben Weiss, edited by Sheri White & Jen Karolewski. This June, we are excited to celebrate Pride Month and WHOI’s long awaited re-opening. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose global challenges, local vaccination efforts and increased understanding of the virus have dramatically driven down case counts in the area. The LGBTQIA+ community…

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

By Dina Pandya | May 28, 2021

May is Asian/Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month and CDEI is taking this occasion to highlight those who identify as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander that have contributed to the rich history and ongoing accomplishments of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Though WHOI’s relationship began with the exploitation of the indigenous peoples of Bikini Atoll,…

June 4th Panel Discussion on Allyship

By gepackard | May 24, 2021

In honor of Pride Month and Juneteenth, GLOW and the WHOI CDEI (Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) will be co-sponsoring a virtual panel discussion on Allyship on Friday, June 4th at noon. The CDEIO has an Allyship Toolkit on their Resources webpage. Here is a TED talk on “3 ways to be a better ally in the…