Guided by the UC Davis Principles of Community, and the mission of the The GGE Diversity Committee, the EGSA is working to foster appreciation for the value of diversity in the GGE, to create and sustain a supportive and inclusive environment for all students, and to diversify our membership.
As a student or professional, you may have observed that diversity is low in the field of ecology. The GGE Diversity Committee is taking steps to address this by starting dialogues about diversity, providing diversity training, examining our own policies and procedures, encouraging effective outreach, and acting as a resource and source of support for all students. As leaders in our field, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to address barriers to diversity within ecology.
The Diversity Committee is composed of an elected chair and vice chair (students or faculty), two appointed student voting members, two appointed faculty voting members, and the GGE student affairs officer. In addition, anyone is welcome to attend meetings, participate in sub-committees, and provide input as non-voting members. As a permanent standing committee, the GGE Diversity Committee will make recommendations to the GGE Executive Committee. The committee’s bylaws state:
The Diversity Committee will work to foster appreciation for the value of diversity in the GGE, to create and sustain a supportive and inclusive environment for all members, and to diversify our membership. Specific duties of the Diversity Committee will be to 1) support enrolled students by providing information resources and social events, 2) increase awareness of diversity issues and opportunities for outreach by providing student and faculty trainings and webpage management, and 3) identify methods to increase student and faculty diversity in the GGE and present these methods to the Executive Committee for consideration of adoption.
Contact Matt Malepeai (GGE program coordinator) or Deniss Martinez (student contact) for more information, if you’d like to become involved, or if you have an issue to bring to the committee
Diversity Committee Chair
Diversity Committee Vice Chair