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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

EEB has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee* and a variety of programs that seek to enhance diversity and equity and build an inclusive community, not only in our own department, but in society in general. Our philosophy is that the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology are enhanced when practitioners represent the full range of human experiences. We also feel that addressing present inequities is the responsibility of all academic fields. For this reason we have a series of formal activities that seek to build an inclusive climate where all members can do their best work and to redress the historical inequalities present in our society. Recent activities have included the following:  

  • Participation in the U-M President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, a collaborative partnership with the University of California to offer postdoc opportunities to candidates whose research, teaching and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.
  • Participation in the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, a major initiative aimed to promote a diverse scholarly environment, encourage outstanding individuals to enter academia, and support scholars committed to diversity.
  • A department-wide Town Hall Meeting (January 2016) to discuss DEI issues
  • A change to the faculty hiring process in the department that includes consideration of a candidate's commitment and experience with DEI.
  • A department climate reporting dropbox
  • A department-wide workshop on mediating skills (winter 2017)
  • The creation of a rainbow colored "You Are Welcome Here" logo that can be found throughout the department on office and lab doors, our website, and more.

*EEB Diversity Committee: Jo Kurdziel, committee chair, Lynn Carpenter (fall), Liliana Cortés Ortiz, Vincent Denef (winter), Nyeema Harris (fall), Tim James, Dan Rabosky (winter), Stephanie Alcala, Teal Harrison, Tamara Milton

 

Diversifying EEB

FEATURE
The Frontiers Master's Program is designed to attract a diverse student body interested in research within the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. Read more about the program>>

  • Diversify EEB:
    Professors Gina Baucom and Meghan Duffy have set in motion a rapidly growing list of female and/or underrepresented minority researchers in ecology and evolution to help balance the numbers of speakers at scientific seminars and symposia. Follow on Twitter @DiversifyEEB
  • Diversify EEB grads:
    A companion site for graduate students managed by Gina Baucom, Meg Duffy and EEB grad student Katherine Crocker.
  • Sustainable Food Systems Initiative:
    Professors John Vandermeer, Catherine Badgley, Mark Hunter, and Gina Baucom are active members of this initiative, which seeks to incorporate diversity issues to food studies (food sovereignty, food deserts, urban agriculture, international relations). The recent course “Food Literacy for All” is taught by both a U-M professor and food activist from Detroit and is broadcast to the U-M Detroit Center.
  • M-STEM Academy:
    The mission is to increase, strengthen and diversify the number of U-M undergraduates pursuing baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Ecological Society of America's Black Ecology section:
    Professor Nyeema Harris and recent alumni Senay Yitbarek and Jasmine Crumsey were founding members of this new section.

Community outreach

FEATURE
Michigan ZoomIN: Professor Nyeema Harris developed a citizen science project that reaches underserved communities of students to get them involved in her wildlife research. Read more and watch a video>>

  • EEB's outreach news
    Read all about it! We continually gather information from our faculty and students to keep our community informed of DEI activities within the department, the university and society at large.
  • EEB’s outreach videos:
    We have compiled a series of videos on our YouTube channel emphasizing EEB’s participation in outreach activities and encouraging underrepresented minorities to join us. See one below.
  • EEB's social justice report
  • Center for Research on Learning and Teaching:
    Responding to difficult moments resources
  • The EEB Social Committee has added ​events to the calendar to better serve a broad diversity of interests and availability. ​These include​: A family-friendly crane watching field trip, tea and biscuits at Research Museums Center, a spring formal dance​, and organizing coffee meetings between members of the department who don't usually meet and talk. These are in addition to the long-standing holiday party and spring picnic. ​The committee works to make events accessible and interesting. ​For example, at the holiday party, the committee has developed themes​, games​ and includes a variety of music genres, to serve many interests of the department.
  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts DEI
  • U-M DEI

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