In addition to our working groups which are often focused on producing a specific output – and which may then close once the group’s goals have been achieved – CSCCE special interest groups (SIGs) are more open-ended opportunities for members to explore a community engagement topic.
Starting in mid-2020, we’re trialing a small number of member-led special interest groups to determine how best staff can support their success while enabling members to pursue their own interests.
Data science SIG
Co-chairs: Alycia Crall and Steve van Tuyl
Channel in the CSCCE Slack: #data_science_sig
About the group: The Data Science SIG is a space for community managers from data science, data science adjacent, and data science interested communities to gather and share activities, updates, and observations. We are especially interested in learning how cross-community information sharing and activities can raise up all of our communities.
Diversity, equity and inclusion SIG
Co-chairs: Kate Baker, Arielle Bennett-Lovell and Cass Gould van Praag
Channel in the CSCCE Slack: #diversity_equity_inclusion_sig
About the group: The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion SIG is a space for community managers to share experiences, ideas, and resources about diversity, equity and inclusion in scientific communities. We want to create a space to talk about what we can do in our own communities and organizations to amplify the voices, stories, and emotions that need to be heard and tackle some of the structural barriers that can prevent equitable participation in science.
This month’s call challenged us all to think hard about creating and supporting inclusive communities, particularly virtually. Led by the CEFP 2019 DEI Project Team, we explored four topics related to this and used Zoom’s breakout room capability to give participants the opportunity to have small group discussions.
Our next CSCCE Community Call is on Wednesday 22nd April at 2pm Eastern. Join us to discuss running inclusive online events and find out more about the CEFP 2019 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project Team’s work.
This month we’ll include a breakout style activity as well as presentations during the first hour of the call, and then a 30 minute open discussion for anyone to share their thoughts and experiences.
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.
The DEI project team comprised of Kate Baker, Ellen Bechtol, Rayna Harris and Camille Santistevan from the CEFP2019 cohort created 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.
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)
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.
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