EEGS' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

Statement on Social Injustice

The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) Issued a Statement on Social Injustice following a Board of Directors meeting.  This statement followed the death of George Floyd; however, EEGS intends to develop and implement initiatives that will also focus on bringing equity to the Society:

Acknowledging our duty and ethical commitment to protect public welfare and provide equitable treatment, EEGS fully supports movements that denounce racism in all forms that permeate society today. We acknowledge the pain and trauma that communities of color are experiencing and stand with them in solidarity. As such, EEGS affirms its commitment to serve communities, the profession and our members with the highest standards of integrity, fairness, dignity and respect. Together, we can make a difference.

Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Created

The Board also created the EEGS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, chaired by Moira Poje.  She is joined by Lia Martinez, Jacob Sheehan, Dale Werkema and Bart Hoekstra, who will develop policies and initiatives to further the intent of the statement through the following goals:     

  1. Develop robust and meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plans.
  2. Fully implement strategic plans with all necessary resources.
  3. Track progress against traceable metrics that hold professional societies accountable.
  4. Diversify their leadership and staff with scientists drawn from underrepresented racial/ethnic, cultural, and ability groups. Diversification requires sharing both the responsibility for power (membership on advisory boards and councils) and power itself (membership on executive councils governance, and on the boards with policy decision-making authority).
  5. Diversify the selection process for invited speakers and invited papers with respect to underrepresented racial/ethnic, cultural, and ability groups.
  6. Examine why the award recipients are not diverse and make an effort to encourage nominations for awards – especially the early career awards to be diverse with respect to underrepresented racial/ethnic, cultural, and ability groups.

Task Force Inaugural Event - Register Now for the Documentary Screening

The task force's inaugural event has been announced and registration is open:  A screening of "Picture a Scientist" (short explanatory video available here be held on October 1st and 2nd, 2020 via a virtual screening room. Click here to register for the event.  The production company for the film has graciously agreed to set up a screening room for attendees and there is a small fee associated with that platform. To cover this cost, the Task Force is soliciting donations to cover the cost of the screening room. Moreover, all additional funds from this fundraiser will go to the EEGS DEI Task Force specifically for the implementation of the following goals: 

  • Diversity and equity education, promotion, and dialogue within our profession for greater understanding and inclusion within and among our profession
  • Community outreach to future generations of geoscientists and engineers at SAGEEP meetings
  • Growing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our membership and leadership 

As part of the screening event organizers will host a happy hour to reflect and discuss the screening on October 2nd at 4:30pm PST

Submit Feedback/Request Information/Donate to the Work of the Task Force

If you would like to volunteer to serve on the task force, submit ideas or suggestions or contribute directly to support the work of the Task Force, you can indicate your interest or donate online by using this submission form:  EEGS Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Feedback Form