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Diversity and Inclusivity Statement

The members of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) research area value diversity and inclusivity and believe that all members of our community (including faculty, students, post-docs, research technicians, and visiting scientists) deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness. The EEB rejects and will address bias (unconscious or otherwise), microaggressions, xenophobia, or intolerance with respect to cultural background, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental differences, race, religion, sexual orientation or age. We strive to uphold these principles in all of our interactions (including faculty meetings, committee meetings, Ecolunch seminars, lab group meetings, the classroom, and informal activities). Further, we strive to promote the voices of underrepresented communities in EEB, Purdue University, and society as a whole. We believe that all EEB affiliates play a role in upholding these values and that everyone deserves to be heard, but EEB faculty have a key role in ensuring these values are upheld. The faculty take responsibility for generating and maintaining an environment that facilitates ways to learn about and improve equity and social justice. We feel it is important to provide accountability relative to our interactions with each other and with the broader society. The faculty will provide an environment that promotes taking responsibility and facilitates learning about equity and social justice.

EEB is committed to proactively promoting a culture of equality, diversity, and inclusivity. We will implement the following actions immediately, to be reviewed, updated, or expanded at the beginning of each fall and spring semester (the deputy convener will be in charge of overseeing the assessment):

  1. Establish liaisons in our group so that all EEB members can have a safe space to provide feedback and identify concerns (Jeff Dukes and Ximena Bernal will be the first liaisons). This is in addition to the ombudspeople at the department and university levels.
  2. Commit to promoting and educating ourselves about diversity and inclusivity through a monthly reading group for faculty (Organized by Mark Christie).
  3. Include a conversation about racial bias and what we are trying to do about it (and available resources for support, reporting incidents, etc.) in the first week of EEB programming for all members of the EEB community (Organized by convener - Jeff Lucas in 2020-2021).
  4. Ensure that our seminar series (Ecolunch) consistently includes a diverse group of speakers. Offering all speakers the option of virtual seminars to encourage BIPOC speakers who are inundated with seminar requests to nonetheless accept our invitation (all EEB).
  5. Develop effective ways that reach out to BIPOC undergraduate students in Biology who are interested in our research by giving presentations at learning communities, cultural centers, and co-curricular courses (overseen by Catherine Searle).

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