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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

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


MC&G Department Virtual Seminar: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts at Lamont

By gepackard | August 20, 2020
K. Dutt presentation

UPDATED: Presentation below. Kuheli Dutt of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will deliver the MC&G seminar virtually on Tuesday July 21st at 12:15pm. Information will be posted when available here. The citation for Kuheli Dutt’s recent paper is: Dutt, K. Race and racism in the geosciences. Nat. Geosci. 13, 2–3 (2020), linked here.

NIH’s Scientific Approach to Inclusive Excellence

By kgriffen | July 2, 2020

UPDATE: Recorded event available here. MBLs Friday evening lectures are kicking off July 3 with Hannah Valantine from the National Institutes of Health. Visit MBLs website for more information: MBL Public Events Calendar

Jearld Lecture

By kgriffen | July 2, 2020

  Please join the Diversity Advisory Committee for the 2020 Ambrose Jearld Jr. Lecture July 23,2020 at 2pm on zoom.  For more information and to register please visit: Registration is required for this event.

POC Speak Up: A listening event

By gepackard | June 30, 2020

You are invited to an event organized by community members to highlight voices of local people of color.  Curated storytelling and art will center on racism, police brutality, marginalization, and life as a minority here on Cape Cod. The event is Saturday, July 11th at 2pm on the Hyannis Village Green.

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.…


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…