Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee 

Introduction

The goal of the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity committee is to engage a broader community of students and professionals in SCB’s activities, recognizing that today’s complex biodiversity conservation challenges require input and analysis from a variety of voices, vantage points, and expertise from different geographies, backgrounds, disciplines, and dimensions. The diversity committee will lead the Society in realizing its role and potential to become more inclusive and welcoming of diversity broadly, and to foster a shared vision and accepting position for the development of a diverse membership and leadership. 

Committee Members
   
Eleanor Sterling Co-Chair, Treasurer
Cynthia Malone Co-Chair
Rae Wynn-Grant Deputy Co-Chair
Martha Groom Co-Secretary
Peter Houlihan Co-Secretary, Webmaster
Jessa Madosky Liaison to SCB Board of Governors
Ellen Hines LGBTIQ Representative
Luli Martinez Marine Section Representative
Valeria Towns LACA Section Representative
Talia Young Smith Fellows Representative
Mary E. Blair Committee Member
Susan Bonfield Committee Member
Michael Gavin Committee Member
Grace Mwaura Committee Member
Ricardo Rocha Committee Member
Robin Roth Committee Member
Alexandra Sutton Committee Member
Terms of Reference 

Overall Goal

The goal of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Diversity committee is to engage a broader community of students and professionals in SCB’s activities, recognizing that today’s complex biodiversity conservation challenges require input and analysis from a variety of voices, vantage points, and expertise from different geographies, backgrounds, disciplines, and dimensions. The diversity committee will lead the Society in realizing its role and potential to become more inclusive and welcoming of diversity broadly, and to foster a shared vision and accepting position for the development of a diverse membership and leadership.

Vision Statement:

The SCB Diversity Committee envisions a Society that acknowledges that the success of conservation biology is intertwined with and relies on a commitment to greater access, inclusion, and empowerment of humans of many views, vantage points, identities and geographies who actively participate in conservation with equal opportunity and access at all levels of the Society’s structure.

Diversity Definition:

Diversity includes, but is not limited to, characteristics of age, gender, ethnic heritage, race, skin color, geography, nationality, language, culture, field of study/work/research, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion and/or abilities.

Mandate

  • Work with SCB Executive Office and Board to identify areas of strategic focus for diversity across SCB;
  • Work with the EO and Board to develop and maintain SCB policies and practices on diversity and inclusion;
  • Develop activities that broaden diversity and inclusion in SCB, including representation on boards and committees, at the EO, at SCB meetings, and within the Membership;
  • Work with Membership committee to identify under-represented groups and ways to reach these groups and form equitable partnerships with relevant programs and organizations to improve recruitment, retention, and active participation within the SCB.

Membership

Membership on the committee is open to any member of the Society willing to contribute. Requests for membership will be received and vetted by committee chair(s) to maintain and active but manageable sized committee. The sum total of individuals in the group represents multiple dimensions of diversity across the Society.

Governance Style

Led by a Committee Chair, and decisions made by consensus, with recommendations of the committee to be forwarded for consideration and decision by the SCB Board of Governors and Executive Office.  

Meetings and Process

  1. The committee is to meet at least once every 4 months or according to need.
  2. Special meetings will be called on an as-required basis by the chair.
  3. Agendas will be distributed to all members (at least seven days to the meeting)
  4. Members of the committee wishing to have agenda items placed on the table must notify the chairs one week prior to the meeting.
  5. Upon appropriate notice, committee meetings may receive delegates and guests.
  6. Meeting notes will summarize discussions and recommendations, and will be distributed to all members.