EDI Panel 2 | Appendix 1 | Meeting Evaluation and Participant feed-in
Key points and thoughts from participants relevant to the actions VMSG should take and advocate for:
- There has been discussion about funding agencies and I think that is important.
- Have ring fenced funding for underrepresented groups! Also set up a group that directly interacts with UKRI & GSL. I am unsure open letters w/o direct engagement work – at least i am not impressed with the responses from UKRI on recent letters.
- I think there needs to be a student officer or interest group within VMSG whose job it is to help implement + plan the manifesto, to ensure that these changes are both long lasting and meaningful.
- Really interested in defining a manifesto – could we at the same time identify timescales and ways we can test progress on it too
- I also think publishers should be held to account on the ‘diversity’ of editorial boards as potential role models (geographic diversity of institution is not enough).
- Does the manifesto relate just to race or go beyond that? Different manifestos for different issues?
Standout points for participants:
- That we need to be careful that incentivising (or rewarding) actions related to being apparently inclusive and diverse have substance and are not just tick-box exercises (e.g. tagging on an author to a publication isn’t enough).
- Chris Jackson’s comment that change is ‘Not going far enough and fast enough’.
- Difficulties overseas colleagues face in conducting and publishing work.
- There’s no need to reinvent the wheel on how to increase diversity – there are tried and tested programs which can be used now.
- We really need to support our BIPOC colleagues and ensure that we stand up for them.
- Programs that foster diversity only work if there’s buy in from the institution, faculty, and students.
- The ways to engage and encourage more ethnically diverse groups into the geosciences.
- Shanaka da Silva: Funding is critical, universities welcome initiatives but are not so keen when it comes to supporting these financially.
- Volcanology should be helping to spread the access to facilities that further our field to those who don’t have access to them, especially as that’s often where the volcanoes are.