EEGS' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

Reflections on Picture a Scientist Screening and Happy Hour with the EEGS’ DEI Task Force

For the inaugural event of the EEGS’ DEI Task Force, we hosted a virtual screening of the film Picture a Scientist on October 1-2, 2020. We had over 150 registrants from 13 countries participate in the screening. Our post even happy hour focused on exploring the devastating themes from the film and how we can all best be allies for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our panelists, Dr. Kisa Mwakanyamale, Dr. German Y Ojeda, Cian Dawson, and Emily Hart each provided unique perspectives of their own experiences in near-surface geophysics and how they related to the film. We shared a moderated discussion and moved into breakout rooms to discuss the film and share experiences among all participants. The production company graciously agreed to set up a screening room for attendees. There was a small fee associated with that platform. To cover this cost, the Task Force solicited 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

The EEGS DEI Task Force is looking forward to using these funds to bring you more engaging events!

EEGS' Task Force DEI Inaugural Event : Documentary Screening (Oct. 1 & 2) and Post Event Happy Hour (Oct. 2)

The task force's inaugural event includes a screening of "Picture a Scientist" (short explanatory video available here https://vimeo.com/405966332being held October 1st and 2nd, 2020 via a virtual screening room (registration has closed).  The production company graciously agreed to set up a screening room for attendees.  There was a small fee associated with that platform. To cover this cost, the Task Force solicited 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 are hosting a happy hour to reflect and discuss the screening on October 2nd at 4:30pm PST

Participants:  Be sure to complete the post-event, five-minute questionnaire!  Please provide your feedback after screening the Picture a Scientist film and/or participating on the virtual Happy Hour on Oct. 2, 2020.

Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Created

The Board of Directors 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.

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. 

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