MBARI’s Resources on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)
This page offers a curated list of resources to learn more about MBARI’s justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion framework. We will continue to provide updates on our ongoing JEDI work as they come up.
Defining justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
Justice: Dismantling barriers to resources and opportunities in society, especially in STEM fields, so that all individuals and communities can live a full and dignified life.
Equity: Allocating resources to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities. Tackling equity issues requires naming and acknowledging that advantages and barriers exist and an understanding of how past inequities contribute to present-day impacts.
Diversity: All the differences between us that determine which advantages or barriers we encounter in our lived experience. We seek to cultivate diversity across gender identity, ability, ethnicity, sexuality, education, and other demographic factors as well as diversity in lived experience and ways of thinking.
Inclusion: Fostering a sense of belonging by centering, valuing, and amplifying the voices, perspectives, and lived experience of those who have historically and contemporarily experienced more barriers based on their identities.
Unconscious bias and Implicit Association Tests (IAT)
Tackling JEDI issues begins by naming and acknowledging the biases we have all acquired as a result of pervasive social structures. We recommend taking one or several of the Implicit Association Tests (IAT) to understand some of your own unconscious bias relating to skin-tone preference, sexuality preference, the link between gender and science, age preference, the link between gender and family versus career, racial preference, weight preference, disability preference, and others.
Read more about unconscious bias research here.
Recommended reading, watching, and listening
Racism and marginalization in STEM
- What we learn from 50 years of having kids draw a scientist
- Diversity and inclusion in STEMM (The National Academies)
- Does STEM stand out? Examining racial/ethnic gaps in persistence across postsecondary fields
- Addressing STEM culture and climate to increase diversity in STEM disciplines
- Racism in academia (#shutdownstem)
- The disturbing resilience of scientific racism
- Small bias, big difference
- Race and racism in the geosciences
- The troubled success of Black women in STEM
- Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering
- I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.
- Doctoral initiative on minority attrition and completion
- Professor Ibram X. Kendi on why it’s not enough to admit when you’re being racist: “Challenge those racist ideas”
- Stamped from the beginning and How to be an antiracist (also by Ibram X. Kendi)
- The 1619 Project
- The time is now: Systemic changes to increase African Americans with Bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy
- Structure and belonging: Pathways to success for underrepresented minority and women Ph.D. students in STEM fields
- In the nation’s compelling interest: Ensuring diversity in the healthcare workforce
- Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab
- Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough
- The Diversity-Innovation Paradox in Science
Articles on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in marine science
- No progress on diversity in 40 years
- Woods Hole Science Institutions stung by Diversity Report: ‘Preponderance of overt racism’
- Minorities in marine biology: The dearth of Black professors
- The Diversity Project: Educational and research opportunities for underrepresented students
- Narrowing the diversity gap in marine science
- Strategies for increasing diversity in the ocean science workforce through mentoring
- Diversity and inclusion in conservation: A proposal for a marine diversity network
- Disciplinary diversity in marine sciences: the urgent case for an integration of research
Read our statement on systemic racism here.