Results and Followup to WAMIE I , 1996-2016
Ten years after WAMIE I, the Women and Minorities in Ecology Committee worked to assess progress toward implementing the original report’s recommendations. A new report, Profile of Ecologists: Results of a Survey of the Membership of the Ecological Society of America, was published in 2006. Known as WAMIE II, it was a project of the Education and Human Resources Committee.
WAMIE II presented the following accomplishments toward the recommendations of WAMIE I.
- Strategies in Ecology Education, Development, and Sustainability (SEEDS) program, established in 1996. Through SEEDS, ESA has seen an increase in the participation of underrepresented undergraduate students at ESA meetings, and SEEDS mentoring activities… and outreach efforts have been instrumental in developing interest in ecology among minority undergraduate students. Visit the SEEDS website. Report on SEEDS program’s early years.
- the addition of childcare at ESA meetings
- the creation of the Education and Human Resources Committee (EHRC),
- development of a new ESA award to recognize teaching and mentoring in ecology, currently known as the Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award
- sponsoring diversity mixers and diversity luncheons at ESA Annual Meetings
- diversification of its Profile of Ecologists series
“Diversity issues encompass more than gender, race, and ethnicity, and another group that must be considered in future plans is ecologists with disabilities.” The latter group was not addressed in WAMIE I.
In addition to the above accomplishments, new sections have been established that can help address issues of diversity and equity: the Traditional Knowledge Section (est 1993) and the Environmental Justice Section (est 2007), as well as a new Inclusive Ecology Section (est 2016). See the Sections page e for more information.
ESA Education And Diversity Programs Office
“The society welcomes and encourages participation by all individuals regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or subculture. We strive to cultivate a society built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and mutual respect, thereby engendering a welcoming environment for all.” Adopted 2014.