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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.


Inclusive Mentoring Articles

By gepackard | May 20, 2021

We’ve added some new articles to our reference collection, search the list for “mentor” to learn more about inclusive mentoring and helpful information to consider when mentoring members of minoritized groups.

Through the Porthole newsletter

By gepackard | May 13, 2021

This month in Through the Porthole, we explore different paths toward a graduate degree in oceanography! Lei Ma and Lydia Babcock-Adams share their experiences coming from a pure science undergraduate and from a marine science Master’s program. Lei speaks to her journey toward graduate school through her time as a microbiology undergrad at Brown University, and how…

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

By Dina Pandya | May 7, 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,…

WHOI Women at Sea for Science

By Dina Pandya | May 2, 2021

The story of women at sea on WHOI ships began quietly in the early 1950’s when the wives of researchers were allowed on ships with their husbands, but not as a science equal. Early logs note the husband and wife team of Harvard biologists Barbara Lawrence and William Schevill on the R/V Caryn in Bermuda…

Condemning anti-Asian racism

By gepackard | March 4, 2021

Today’s letter from WHOI’s President and Director, Peter de Menocal – Dear WHOI community, I am writing to you today, alarmed by the recent violence and racist attacks against Asians and Asian Americans across our nation. I am very concerned about the impact this may have or had on members of our community. Anti-Asian racism…

Woods Hole Community Black History Month

By gepackard | February 26, 2021

February is Black History Month, and for 40 years, members of the Woods Hole community have come together to remember, commemorate, and celebrate with speakers, art exhibits, films, musical groups, and other events culminating in the annual “Harambee,” a potluck feast celebrating people of every race and ethnicity. In 2021, Woods Hole Black History Month…

Feb 11 – Today was the International Day of Girls and Women in Science

By gepackard | February 11, 2021

The UN broadcast the International Day of Girls and Women in Science Assembly on UN TV live.  Watch for WHOI’s Dr. Amy Bower in the “My Fellow Blind Scientists: Writing Science in Braille” panel. Full program here.

February 4th – 40 years of Black History Month in Woods Hole

By gepackard | February 2, 2021

Every year, members of the Woods Hole community come together to celebrate Black History Month. On February 4th at Noon, in commemoration of 40 years of Black History Month celebrations in Woods Hole, a panel will discuss the history of the Woods Hole Community Black History Month Planning Committee, challenges faced and where we see…

Through the Porthole: A Newsletter

By ngermolus | February 1, 2021

The MIT-WHOI Joint Program is a renowned program for ocean/Earth sciences, or, at least, it is among oceanographers. We would like it to be known more widely.  Part of enhancing diversity in the geosciences involves getting the word out about opportunities in the field: You can enter a graduate program and not enter into debt. You don’t need…

“For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.”

By gepackard | January 20, 2021

Amanda Gorman, current United States Poet Laureate, recited her work “The Hill We Climb” at the swearing in ceremony on Inauguration Day 2021. As the nation continues to process the attack on the Capitol, she calls on us to keep up the work, investing in our nation which “isn’t broken but simply unfinished.” “The new…