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January 27, 2009

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WHOI Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes

13:30 to 14:30, MRF Room 204

Attending: Tom Farrar, David Gaylord, Annette Hynes, Mary Lardie, Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink, Joan Watring, Sheri White (all WHOI Diversity Committee). Jian Lin, Julia Westwater (Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee); Ann Sweck (HR).

Review of Events and Ideas for the Future
We reviewed the activities that have taken place since August including Diversity Movie Night, the Harvest Ball, and the Open Meeting.  We discussed ways that the Committee could be more proactive in promoting diversity at WHOI, including helping PIs to include diversity items in their NSF proposals (to fulfill Criterion II), making connections with minority-serving institutions, and networking at national meetings.  It was noted that HR’s advertising budget has been significantly increased this year which will help in advertising WHOI positions to a much broader and more diverse population.

Election Details
Voter turnout appears to be around 20%, with the election ending this week.  Out-going members will count the ballots on Tuesday, February 3rd.  The next meeting (with both incoming and outgoing members will be Tuesday, February 24th at 1:30 pm in the village (pending the availability of incoming members). 

Other Issues

  • The Diversity Brochure is close to being ready.  Annette and Ami will finalize plans with Graphics.
  • The PEP Program, sponsored by the Woods Hold Diversity Advisory Committee, is starting this Summer.  The application deadline is February 1st, and they hope to have ~12-15 students.  Students will participate in coursework during June at SEA.  Instructors from USGS, WHOI, and NOAA will teach modules in Physical Oceanography, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, and Ecosystems Management addressing the overall theme of Global Climate Change.  The coursework will be followed by research internships at the six institutions.  PEP students will earn college credit through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  • Diversity Week 2009 will likely be the 2nd week of August. 


Future Meeting Dates

      February 24th         1:30-2:30 pm Smith Conference Room (Village) – tentative

Last updated: May 3, 2010

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