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Memorandum of Understanding

The Marine Biological Laboratory, The Northeast Fisheries Science Center, The Sea Education Association, The United States Geological Survey-Woods Hole, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Woods Hole Research Center cooperatively establish a Woods Hole Scientific Community Diversity Initiative.

The undersigned institutions believe that diversity is a strength to be developed in our community. We believe that the issues we explore are global in nature and that a diverse population will give us greater understanding of these environmental and scientific issues. We believe that our nation is becoming more diverse and that it is important that we provide opportunities for all people to contribute. We believe that homogeneity among people is self-perpetuating and that in order to increase diversity, we will have to increase our efforts beyond what they are now.

The undersigned institutions believe that by acting together we can accomplish more than by each of us acting alone. We believe that we must create “pathways of opportunity” that will attract people from underrepresented groups by showing that the Woods Hole scientific and educational community has opportunities beginning with primary education and leading to higher education, post graduate work, research and lifetime careers, both in Woods Hole and in the global scientific community.

The goals of the Woods Hole Scientific Community Diversity Initiative are to:

  1. Provide advice to the Woods Hole scientific organizations about additional activities that can be undertaken to support all employees, students and postdoctoral researchers in achieving their full potential within the Woods Hole research, learning and work environment regardless of their race, religion, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status, or veteran status.
  2. Be a resource through sponsored activities and referrals that supports the employees, students and postdoctoral researchers in achieving their full potential within the Woods Hole research, learning and work environment regardless of their race, religion, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status or veteran status.
  3. Cooperatively undertake recruitment, retention and mentoring programs that will result in a diverse group of students, employees and postdoctoral researchers in ocean sciences, biological sciences, geosciences, and ocean engineering, marine and environmental policy activities undertaken by the Woods Hole scientific and educational organizations.
The undersigned acknowledge that significant barriers lie between us and our goal. We are determined to identify these and assemble the resources necessary to overcome them.

Signed this 27th day of July, 2004


Frank P. Almeida, Ph.D.
Director, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Woods Hole Laboratory
National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA/USDOC

John K. Bullard
President
Sea Education Association

Robert Gagosian, Ph.D.
President and Director
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

William T. Speck, M.D.
Director and CEO
Marine Biological Laboratory

William C. Schwab, Ph.D.
Team Chief Scientist
U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole

George M. Woodwell, Ph.D.
Director
Woods Hole Research Center
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MIT/WHOI graduate student, Mea Cook, prepares to take X-rays of a sediment core collected from the Bering Sea. X-rays reveal density changes as well as some 3-D structures—hidden clamshells or snail shells, pebbles, and disturbed sediments. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst)

Woods Hole Diversity

Original MOU with signatures, 27 July 2004
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Renewed MOU with signatures, 25 June 2012
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