Meeting our Commitments to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

By: Arti Garg
April 29, 2022
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Last year I shared ESAL’s efforts to foster Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) through our work. While considerations of these topics have always informed our work, we decided that we needed to take a more intentional approach. To that end, we developed a statement that summarized our commitment to JEDI and also laid out several efforts ESAL would undertake. I’m pleased to share an update on the progress we made in 2021.

  • Proactively conduct outreach and seek partnership opportunities with scientific societies and organizations for groups that have been historically marginalized in STEM.
  • Incorporate discussion of JEDI issues in STEM into all of ESAL’s programming.
  • Continue to use a JEDI lens for our issue-focused programming and content.
  • Conduct a quantitative internal review of ESAL’s organizational diversity.
    • We completed an internal review of ESAL’s organizational diversity, and ESAL’s Steering Committee has engaged in discussions about how the results should inform our volunteer recruiting efforts. Due to the size of our organization, we have not released the results publicly to protect our volunteers’ privacy.
    • In 2022, we will continue to examine how best to ensure that ESAL’s volunteers and leaders come from a diversity of perspectives and experiences.
  • Through our programming and content, highlight the historical and current intersections between Indigenous people and the mainstream U.S. STEM community, without shying away from controversy, particularly with respect to local ecosystem and land rights issues.
Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) is a non-advocacy, non-political organization. The information in this post is for general informational purposes and does not imply an endorsement by ESAL for any political candidates, businesses, or organizations mentioned herein.
Published: 04/29/22
Updated: 04/20/23
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