AGU commits to 8 action areas to combat systemic racism
This is a unique moment for AGU. Since late May, nearly every committee and leadership group at AGU has been discussing how we – as a global community – must together address systemic racism. We have the opportunity to lead both as individuals and as institutions as we work together to build the equitable future we all envision and value. Moving from statements of solidarity and support, the focus is now on the essential tangible actions.
Our new strategic plan recognizes our responsibility to promote and exemplify an inclusive scientific culture and foster participation of all underrepresented groups across all levels of Earth and space sciences. This goal is one of the three pillars of the plan and is essential for our vision of obtaining a thriving, sustainable, equitable future for all. Now, however, is the moment for action to fight racism in our community. We have considered how best to use AGU’s convening power, our sense of community and our shared resources to create the inclusive scientific culture that we aspire to and wish we had joined when we started our careers.
Building on the call to action from Geoscientists of Color, notimeforsilence.org, and our conversations, AGU leadership has resolved to take eight bold, meaningful actions now. Our commitments are aimed at systemic change to address racism and foster an inclusive culture. They impact where we invest our money; how we select our leaders; how we share our science; what work we do, honor and reward; and how we foster the next generation of scientists and leaders.
AGU’s Board of Directors and Council have endorsed these initial actions to combat racism in our community. They have also provided input about the importance of maintaining our commitment to the inclusion of all underrepresented ethnic and racial groups and to those with similar issues of discrimination and exclusion, such as members of our LBGTQ+ community. Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion has many nuances and challenges around the globe. Those challenges will be part of our discussions as we develop detailed action and implementation plans, the latter of which will importantly include quantitative measurements and metrics.
We know that bold and meaningful actions are needed. These actions are the ones that AGU will start and commit to immediately.