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Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force

Brief Description: 

The JEDI Task Force - approved in June 2020 by the SFS Board of Directors - represents an initiative specifically aimed at breaking down barriers for underrepresented groups in SFS through a set of intentional and clear actions. The Task Force complements the dedicated and long-term work of the SFS Education and Diversity Committee (EDC). The Task Force has an initial timeline of 3 years, at which point the Task Force will dissolve and the initiatives will move under the oversight of the EDC and/or other SFS Committees. In summary, the JEDI Task Force is a supercommittee meant to effect "rapid evolution" in SFS around JEDI issues and to send a clear message that SFS is committed to change through action.  

La Fuerza de Tarea JEDI , aprobada en junio de 2020 por la Junta Directiva de SFS, representa una iniciativa dirigida específicamente a derribar barreras para grupos subrepresentados en SFS, a través de un conjunto de acciones intencionales y claras. La Fuerza de Tarea complementa el trabajo dedicado y a largo plazo del Comité de Educación y Diversidad de SFS (EDC) y está prevista con un cronograma de trabajo inicial de 3 años. Para ese entonces, la Fuerza de Tarea se disolverá y las iniciativas se moverán bajo la supervisión del EDC y / u otros Comités de SFS. Esto significa que la Fuerza de Tarea es un supercomité encargado de efectuar una "evolución rápida" en SFS en cuanto a los asuntos de JEDI y de enviar un mensaje claro de que SFS se ha comprometido al cambio mediante la acción.

Task Force Members: 

  • Mažeika Patricio Sullivan (chair)
  • Anna Boegehold 
  • Darshanaa Chellaiah
  • Denzell Amir Cross
  • Timothy Hoellein
  • Raphael Mazor
  • Amy Rosemond
  • Jeymmy Walteros Rodriguez

Major initiatives/projects and project lead/s: 

  • Developing and implementing improved demographic surveys (Amy Rosemond).
  • Instituting a diversity mentor program (Tim Hoellein). 
  • Minimizing bias, increasing access, and enhancing representation of and support for underrepresented groups in our journal - Freshwater Science (Raphael Mazor). 
  • Iniciativas en español - increase our Spanish-language programming, outreach, and communications with the goal of increasing participation of Hispanic/Latine students and scientists both in the US and internationally (Jeymmy Walteros Rodriguez).
  • Increasing our international membership and profile (Darshanaa Chellaiah). 
  • Reviewing SFS business practices to provide recommendations on how to best support minority businesses, organizations, and communities (TBD). 
  • Developing intentional, professional, long-term relationships with Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Denzell Amir Cross, Mazeika Sullivan). 
  • Implementing JEDI trainings for all SFS members (TBD). 
  • Establishing and empowering a Council of Underrepresented Voices (Mazeika Sullivan).

Progress and Contact Information: 

We will be updating this site frequently with new information and progress on our initiatives. We welcome ideas, input, and feedback at: jedi@freshwater-science.org