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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.


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…

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!