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October 28, 2008

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October 28, 2008 - 13:30 to 14:30, Smith Conference Room
Attending: David Gaylord, Annette Hynes, Kerry Heywood, Mary Lardie, Ami Scheltema, Sheri White (all WHOI Diversity Committee).  Judy Fenwick, Julia Westwater (Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee)

Overview and Year in Review
A presentation was made to provide and overview of the Diversity Committee, its charge, its activities, and its upcoming election

The primary charge of the WHOI Diversity Committee is to aid the Institution in its efforts to recruit, retain and mentor a diverse community of employees, students and postdoctoral researchers. Diversity is defined here as any race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status, or veteran status, which is underrepresented in science.

Past activities included:
  • Creating a status report on WHOI's ethnic and gender diversity
  • Creating a Strategic Action Plan for diversity
  • Meeting with Susan Avery and two of the Trustees
  • Developing a Diversity brochure (soon to be published0
  • Deciding on a membership policy (including election processes)
  • Participating in Woods Hole Diversity Week (June 22-27)
  • Holding quarterly Diversity Movie Nights
-        Flirting (November 2007) - interracial relationships
-        The Secret of Photo 51 (March 2008) - women in science
-        The Elephant Man (June 2008) - disability issues
-        Europa, Europa (October 2008) - religious persecution in World War II

Election Details
We will have seven continuing members and six new members will be elected. 

Continuing Members

Retiring Members

David Gaylord (CIS)
Beth Andrews (HR)
Kerry Heywood (MarOps)
Annette Hynes (Bio, JP student)
Mary Lardie (G&G)
Di Jin (MPC)
Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink (MC&G)
Peggy Rose (Dir)
Tom Farrar (PO)
Amelie Scheltema (Bio)
Joan Watring (Fac)
Sheri White (AOPE)
Ernst Galutshek (G&G, Post-doc)

We will accept self-nomination via an online form at (internal access only).  We particularly are seeking representation from a diverse group of individuals; staff from AOPE, Biology and MPC; staff members of the Directorate and Academic Programs; and a Joint Program Student.  All interested individuals should apply via the online form.  Your statement on why you would like to join the committee will be printed on the ballots.  Nominations will be accepted through November.  Voting will take place in January.

Future Meeting Dates
      November 18th       1:30-2:30 pm - Clark 201 (Quissett)
      December 16th       1:30-2:30 pm - Smith Conference Room (Village)

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