Diversity and Inclusion in the ForestGEO network
ForestGEO recognizes the value and benefits of having a diversity of people and perspectives contributing to the network and enabling it to accomplish its mission. We therefore support and encourage participation regardless of gender, race, religion, language, age, culture, ethnicity, national origin, color, caste, geographical location, professional position, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic status. We endeavor to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming network built on tolerance and mutual respect. We aim to promote equity and diversity in all network activities including capacity building, training, and recruitment of individuals from under-represented groups. ForestGEO encourages all network members to recognize the benefits of including a variety of voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds in all network activities. We urge all network members to foster safe and welcoming work environments that allow for the mutual success of everyone involved in the network.
As a program of the Smithsonian Institution, ForestGEO endorses and supports the Secretary’s Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement.
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Code of Conduct at ForestGEO Workshops
To provide all participants the opportunity to benefit from workshops, ForestGEO is dedicated to a positive, safe, and harassment-free experience in which diverse participants may learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to build that environment for the benefit of all.
Expected, professional behavior:
- Treating everyone with respect and consideration
- Communicating openly and thoughtfully with others and being considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different than your own
- Creating a supportive environment to enable scientific discourse
Unacceptable behavior includes:
- Harassment and intimidation, including any verbal, written, or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, or coerce another participant
- Inappropriate physical contact or unwanted sexual attention
- Discrimination based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, nationality, or culture
- Disrespectful disruption of presentations
All participants are expected to observe these rules in all workshop venues, including online venues and social events. Violations of these rules should be reported to ForestGEO Director, Stuart Davies or ForestGEO Program Manager, Lauren Krizel. Consequences may range from verbal warning to dismissal from the workshop. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated.