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November 18, 2008

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WHOI Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes

13:30 to 14:30, Fuglister Conference Room

Attending: Tom Farrar, David Gaylord, Mary Lardie, Sheri White (all WHOI Diversity Committee). Julia Westwater (Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee); Tina Betti, Ann Sweck (HR).

Election Details
We have begun to receive nominations for the WHOI Diversity Committee; more are needed.  Current members are asked to encourage people they know to nominate themselves.  Nominations will be accepted through November.  Voting will take place in January.

Diversity Movie Night Working Group
The next movie night will be in March.  We are attempting to identify movies that address the whole range of “diversity”.  To date we have addressed race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability.  We will aim to select a movie about transgender issues for March.  Also, a new movie czar will be needed next year.

Other Issues

  • A workshop on promoting diversity in science and engineering (LEAD Workshop: will be held next year.  It is sponsored by the UW ADVANCE Program ( 
  • Plans for the PEP Program, sponsored by the Woods Hold Diversity Advisory Committee, are progressing for a program start in the Summer of 2009.  More details will be out soon.
  • We discussed ways to provide information to PIs to help with both encouraging diversity and meeting NSF Broader Impact criteria.  This may include a “clearing house” page on our Diversity Committee website, and/or a meeting for PIs.


Future Meeting Dates

      December 16th       1:30-2:30 pm Smith Conference Room (Village)

Last updated: May 3, 2010

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