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Working Groups

Academic Recruitment

Academic Recruitment Group is responsible for enhancing the recruitment of under-represented groups to our Academic Programs (JP, postdocs, undergrad programs).  This group works with APO, PEP, and MIT to establish institutional relationships and pathways for access. Current initiatives focus on middle and high school outreach education, student recruitment strategies, and publishing the Through the Porthole newsletter which offers resources for undergraduate students considering applying to graduate school.

Contact: Kama Thieler and Tom Bell


The Messaging Group is responsible for composing, designing, and communicating our message within and beyond the WHOI community. They collaborated with local community media center, FCTV, to publish a series of short interviews called “Conversation Starters”. This series highlights members of the WHO community working on DEI related initiatives (linked here). This group is also responsible for designing and launching the #humansofwhoi campaign in collaboration with the Communications Department, as well as working with the CDEIO on expanding inclusive artwork on the WHOI campus.

Contact: Elise Hugus and Kate Lane


Events Group is responsible for organizing the Committee's participation in events we initiate, such as Celebrating Humans of WHOI, as well as those we co-sponsor with other groups and the CDEIO. We also developed and maintain the WHOI Inclusive Event Guidelines.

Contact: Sara Gonzalez

Retired Working Groups

The CDEI recongizes that at any point in time, new working groups are needed to tackle issues and these usually grow out of community interest and engagement from both within and outside of the CDEI. In the past, we have had working groups that focused on Community Building, the URGE program, Incubator for new ideas, and Room Naming. If you have ideas for future working groups, email the co-chairs: Julie Huber & Ben Weiss.


Illuminating Stories hosted by Herring Pond Tribe

By gepackard | October 29, 2021

“Illuminating Stories” is a special exhibition featuring the art of Herring Pond Tribe Members & students, to be held November 6, 2021, 4-6pm at Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360. The art was produced out of a three-day workshop with Meclina Gomes, co-founder Community Art Collaborative and Plymouth North and Plymouth South…

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,…