TOS JEDI Committee

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About the Committee

The TOS Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee will engage with the TOS community, take actions, and make concrete suggestions to advance issues in the context of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The committee will support the TOS community in embracing and celebrating our differences, broadening participation, and creating a culture of belonging. In addition, it will suggest ways in which the TOS Council can facilitate the recruitment, participation, and retention of diverse individuals into its membership; combat injustice, discrimination, and harassment in the ocean science discipline; and ensure that the benefits of ocean sciences are accrued by all members of the Society.

The TOS Council and JEDI Committee members look forward to working with membership to ensure that the TOS remains at the forefront of promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of their activities.

Connect With Us

Want to learn more about the TOS JEDI Committee, what we are working on, or find out how to get involved? Have an issue you would like to discuss in confidence? There are a couple of ways to connect with us:

  • Connect with the JEDI Committee Co-Chairs via email at
  • Reach out to any of the other committee members through email by clicking on their names in the list below.

Committee Membership

After issuing an open call to the TOS membership for nominations, including self-nominations, the Council selected 11 committee members.

Susanne Craig, Co-Chair, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/USRA
Beth Orcutt, Co-Chair
, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Mona Behl
, University of Georgia Sea Grant
EeShan Bhatt, MIT/WHOI Joint Program
Dick Crout
, Naval Research Laboratory
Erin Meyer-Gutbrod
, University of South Carolina
Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Tashiana Osborne, The Johns Hopkins University
Charitha Pattiaratchi, The University of Western Australia
James Pierson, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

TOS Values Statement

The Oceanography Society (TOS) is committed to supporting a community that encourages the open expression and exchange of ideas, free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

These words do not automatically lead to equality, diversity, equity, and inclusion. They are a call to action to reverse a history of discrimination in which scientific communities, including ours, often fail to attain those aspirations.

In response to the current developments in the United States and around the world, TOS reaffirms its core values of equal opportunity and treatment for all. We join others around the world in rejecting hate, violence, and unequal treatment of any individual or group, whether by government agencies or private entities and individuals. We know that our science, and our societies, function better when minds are open, when we respect and care for each other, and when our communities protect the fundamental rights of every individual.

Solving these longstanding problems calls us to act individually and through our institutions. TOS is committed to taking specific actions, starting with listening to the concerns of our members, in particular to those of color and from historically marginalized groups and taking concrete steps to eradicate discrimination. The Society recently established an Ethics Committee and a comprehensive policy on Professional Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct. We are now modifying our Council membership, adding positions for Student and Early Career Councilors. We are also expanding the duties of our At-Large Councilor to include a focus on promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.  We look forward to further conversation with our membership regarding these issues and how TOS can best live up to and advance its values.

The oceanography community in general, and TOS in particular, may be small. But if we work together to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, we can build a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future for our community.

— Martin Visbeck (current), Andone Lavery (incoming), and Alan Mix (past), TOS Presidents

History of the TOS JEDI Committee

In July 2020, TOS established a Tiger Team to develop ideas for action on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Team members include Mona Behl, NOAA Sea Grant Program; Susanne Craig, NASA; Dick Crout, Naval Research Laboratory; Chrissy Hernandez, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Allison Miller, Schmidt Ocean Institute; Tashiana Osborne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Charitha Pattiaratchi, University of Western Australia. A key initial recommendation of the Tiger Team is to establish a standing JEDI committee for TOS. The TOS Council approved their proposal and announced an open call for membership.

> Promoting JEDI and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Ocean Science: A Proposal to Establish a TOS Ad-Hoc Task Force

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