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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The NGA LTER site is a community composed of partners that share an interest in the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem. These include the core researchers funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF), affiliated researchers funded by a variety of state and federal agencies, Alaska communities, and other groups who welcome our outreach activities.

diversity in the form of a microzooplankton commmunity
A microzooplankton commmunity under the microscope [credit: Suzanne Strom]

We strive to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive community that is welcoming to all participants. This is because valuing individual differences will strengthen our community. And it will allow participants to best contribute to the success of our site. Understanding the complex NGA will require not only diversity in scientific disciplines, but also diversity in ways of knowing (epistemologies) and points of view regarding the value of this ecosystem.

For instance, we acknowledge that we work on the ancestral lands and waters of the Eyak and Sugpiaq-Alutiiq peoples. We recognize their unique relationships with and knowledge of this place, and are grateful for their stewardship past, present, and future. We strive to be in good relations with the original peoples and with this place.

This plan as a living document that will help us promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the NGA-LTER. It will provide a roadmap for tracking our progress towards achieving our vision.

NGA LTER DEI Committee

Function 

The NGA LTER DEI Committee discusses actions and resources which will be helpful in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at our site. The committee also informs the NGA LTER community about the resources and best practices that are available within the LTER Network.

Chair  

Ana Aguilar- Islas (co-PI)

Members

  • Seth Danielson (co-PI)
  • Katie Gavenus (E & O)
  • Rachel Lekanoff (Staff)
  • Isaac Reister (Student)
  • Caitlin Smoot (Staff)

Watch this space for new initiatives emerging from this committee.

The committee meets on a monthly basis on the first Tuesday of the month. Please contact the committee with ideas for new initiatives.