Memoradum 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."