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FIW Diversity Statement

The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation value diversity in all of it forms, including but not limited to race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and religion. We strive to minimize bias in our science, but fully acknowledge that science is a human endeavor and that we all carry unconscious bias that we must systematically strive to address in our policies, procedures, and processes. We also acknowledge that many groups have and continue to be marginalized or excluded from the natural resource and environmental fields, and these fields currently do not benefit from diverse professional organizations. Therefore, we hold as a central goal the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student body through the creation and maintenance of an equitable and inclusive academic community that values all members, and where all members feel like they belong. Just as the environmental health of our planet depends on the biological diversity that it harbors, the health and success of our academic and conservation communities depend on diverse, equitable and inclusive human communities. 


DEI GOALS

  • Curricula: Include DEI education in our degree requirements
  • Outreach: Support the FIWGSA in institutionalizing their K-12 outreach to under-represented groups
  • Diversify our Dept’s Students: Establish funding for diverse student recruitment and retention
  • Faculty Hiring Procedures: Develop mechanisms to ensure hiring faculty from underrepresented groups and diversifying our Dept.
  • Policy Implementation: Ensure success in implementation of our P & T DEI policy
  • Culture: Ensure a culture of inclusivity and belonging in the Department
  • Communications: Reflect our commitment to DEIJ on the Dept website & social media

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Members

  • Ashley Dayer
  • Jim Fraser
  • Willa Chaves
  • Don Orth
  • Jim Parkhurst
  • Nicholas Caruso (research scientist rep)
  • Darby McPhail (grad student rep)

Department Promotion & Tenure w/DEI intergration

FWC Policy and Standards for Promotion and Tenure-05-10-21 (vt.edu)


FIWGSA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee (Graduate Students)