Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) should be central considerations when planning and supporting any scientific community. Our resources on this topic include blog posts and tip sheets to help you to nurture more inclusive communities. By mid-2020 we also plan to add a series of resources about code of conduct creation and implementation.

DEI blog post series

In 2018, a group of the CEFP2017 Fellows comprised of Jennifer Davison, Josh Knackert, Marsha Lucas and Rosanna Volchok created a series of blog posts focused on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as scientific community managers.

DEI tip sheets

The DEI project team comprised of Kate Baker, Ellen Bechtol, Rayna Harris and Camille Santistevan from the CEFP2019 cohort created a first set of DEI tip sheets focused on four different areas in which scientific community managers can prioritize making their work more inclusive. The tip sheets are intended to provide starting points for further reflection and reading.

DEI tip sheet: Inclusive Marketing

by Kate Baker, Ellen Bechtol, Rayna Harris, Camille Santistevan

April 21, 2020

This DEI tip sheet helps community managers consider inclusive marketing strategies that ensure new content is representative of our communities, and builds trust within them and beyond.

DEI tip sheet: Member recruitment

by Kate Baker, Ellen Bechtol, Rayna Harris, Camille Santistevan

April 21, 2020

This DEI tip sheet helps community managers consider issues of unconscious bias, support structures, and creating diverse leadership committees as part of an inclusive member recruitment strategy.

DEI tip sheet: Childcare at scientific meetings

by Kate Baker, Ellen Bechtol, Rayna Harris, Camille Santistevan

April 21, 2020

This DEI tip sheet walks meeting organizers and community managers through considerations for providing childcare at scientific meetings with a set of reflection questions to show you C.A.R.E. (Childcare, Accommodations for families, Resources and Establishment of social networks)

DEI tip sheet: Decolonizing international research collaborations

by Kate Baker, Ellen Bechtol, Rayna Harris, Camille Santistevan

April 21, 2020

This DEI tip sheet encourages scientific community managers who support international research collaborations to consider ways in which they can help to decolonize the way research is carried out.

We are also creating additional DEI tip sheets in collaboration with members of the CSCCE community of practice. The first of these to be published addresses how to live caption or subtitle an online event.

DEI Tip Sheet: Captioning, subtitles, and transcription for online meetings and events

by Katie Pratt, Camille Santistevan, Lou Woodley, Stefanie Butland, and Cass Gould van Praag

November 12, 2020

In this tip sheet, we offer some solutions for creating captions, subtitles, and transcripts to improve accessibility of your online settings and events.

Community call

April 2020’s community call was led by Kate Baker, Rayna Harris and Camille Santistevan of the CEFP2019 DEI project team.

  • Read the blog post summary of the call here.
  • The recording of the call will be released here in due course.

Code of conduct resources

A code of conduct and accompanying ways of enforcing it and talking about your community’s core values are important for creating an inclusive, safe and welcoming community. CSCCE has a code of conduct working group which is creating resources to share on these topics. The first is our framework for creating core values (below). More to come later in 2020.

Creating core values statements

by Lou Woodley and Katie Pratt

June 26, 2020

The activity described in this worksheet is designed to help you to collaboratively identify and define, as a group, the core values that underpin your work together.

March’s Community Call Recap – What makes a great ambassador program?

On this month’s Community Call, two project teams from the CSCCE Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP) shared their research into what makes a great ambassador program and how we as scientific community engagement managers can support the members of our communities who volunteer to take part.

Ambassador Programs Slide
March’s community call focused on ambassador programs in science. Image credit: CSCCE

What is an ambassador program?

To advance the mission of the community with which they’re working, community managers often turn to ambassador programs. Also known as community champions or fellows, these more engaged users can help with beta testing, advocating for the community’s work, recruiting new members, launching specialized projects or other specific activities.

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Champions, Ambassadors, Fellows, and More: Introducing the Advocacy Ninjas

We’re now mid-way through the first year of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP), funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The first cohort of Fellows is made up of 17 scientific community managers working with a diverse range of scientific communities. As they continue to develop their community engagement skills and apply some of the ideas and strategies from their training, the Fellows will report back on the Trellis blog, sharing their challenges, discoveries, and insights. Today Fellow Allen Pope introduces his Project Team: the Advocacy Ninjas. You can follow Allen on Twitter @PopePolar and online at www.iasc.info

Posted by Allen Pope, Executive Secretary for the International Arctic Science Committee

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Community advocates help shout their communities’ missions from mountaintops! by Allen Pope

Earlier, we introduced the project teams that this year’s AAAS Community Engagement Fellows have formed, and today I’d like to share a bit about the team that I belong to – the Advocacy Ninjas.

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The #CEFP2017 Project Teams: Four open questions in scientific community management

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Question Mark Block” by Jared Cherup under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The inaugural class of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP) finished their on-site training In January, but their fellowship has just begun! In this post we’ll take a look at the four project teams that formed during training week and the community engagement questions they’re looking to answer over the course of the year.

Our Fellows will be contributing regularly to the blog throughout the fellowship – including reporting out the progress of their projects teams. You can catch up on their reflections so far here.

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