TOS JEDI Committee

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About the Committee

The Oceanography Society (TOS) is guided by a mission and values statement.

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee supports TOS in embracing and celebrating our differences, broadening participation, and creating a culture of belonging. The JEDI Committee works closely with the TOS Council to facilitate the recruitment, participation, and retention of diverse individuals in its membership; address injustice, discrimination, and harassment in the ocean science and related disciplines; and ensure that the benefits of ocean sciences are accrued by all members of the Society.

Specifically, the TOS JEDI Committee works to:

  1. Advise TOS Council on good practices to improve outreach, recruitment, retention, promotion, and inclusion of diverse individuals in our membership
  2. Advise the broader ocean science community in how to dismantle barriers to equitable participation and promote benefit-sharing
  3. Foster a community dialogue around justice and equity in ocean science
  4. Provide safe space for supporting those who feel discrimination, and honor the feedback we receive;
  5. Hold ourselves accountable to fully integrate pro-equity and inclusivity core values;
  6. Support and amplify ongoing efforts in the field to accomplish the above.

Members of the JEDI Committee abide by the Society’s Code of Conduct established in 2018. The Code establishes standards of behavior related to professional and personal scientific integrity, conflicts of interest, and adherence to law and regulations. Forms of personal misconduct include discrimination, harassment, and bullying. The Code also includes guidelines for reporting complaints of misconduct to the Society’s Ethics Committee. The JEDI Committee’s operation is guided by a Terms of Reference.

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 [email protected]
  • 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/UMBC
Beth Orcutt
, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Mona Behl
, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
EeShan Bhatt, MIT/WHOI Joint Program
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

What’s New

From the TOS JEDI Committee Oceanography Column

A word cloud created from recently published FROM THE TOS JEDI COMMITTEE column articles.

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, Georgia Sea Grant; 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 the Tiger Team’s proposal and announced an open call for membership in July 2020. TOS Presidents also issued a revised statement on TOS values in fall 2020 (see above).

Since its formation, the TOS JEDI committee has been leading several initiatives to raise awareness about JEDI issues; amplify existing JEDI efforts to eliminate bias and unfair treatment; share tools, information, and resources; support TOS leadership; and engage the ocean science community to advance the committee’s goals. For example, the committee has started a regular column in Oceanography to highlight relevant topics—see the “What’s New” section above. The JEDI Committee also hosted listening and training sessions at the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting, including an interactive Town Hall entitled “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in Ocean Sciences: Challenges, Initiatives, and Opportunities”—an article on the outcomes of this discussion is forthcoming. The JEDI Committee is currently advising the TOS Council on improvements to the award nomination and evaluation procedures. Finally, the committee is also part of TOS’s recent commitment to assessing organizational equity as a member of the third cohort of the Amplifying the Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success program (ACCESS+).

TOS Values Statement

As a professional society, TOS is committed to supporting a community that encourages the open expression and exchange of ideas, that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and that is welcoming to all members and to those who participate in its activities. In pursuit of that commitment, TOS is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants.

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