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Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity

The GFDL mission is to be a world leader in the (i) development of comprehensive, integrated and unified models of the Earth system comprising the atmosphere, oceans, land, biosphere, cryosphere, and ecosystems; and (ii) application of these models for the seamless understanding, predictions and projections of the Earth system, from hours to decades and from global-to-regional spatial scales, accounting for natural variations and forced changes.

Meeting this mission requires innovation, strong collaborations, and teamwork. Innovation within an organization is highly fostered when the constituents’ diverse perspectives, experiences, opinions, and backgrounds are included, welcomed, respected, considered, and valued. GFDL is committed to fostering a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, interactive, and equitable community in order to fulfill the NOAA mission objectives and exercise improved leadership in science, service, and stewardship.

DEI Committee Mission

GFDL Leadership supports efforts to identify and address barriers to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion both within the GFDL community and within OAR and NOAA. As a result of our 2019 Laboratory Review, a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has been formed to interface with the GFDL Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Director, providing strategic suggestions and advice for developing new policy recommendations and bring DEI matters into consideration in the Lab’s decision process.

The committee can be reached via email at:

Current activities

This is a non-exhaustive list of efforts that are being undertaken towards reaching our long-term goals of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at GFDL. These activities are based on input from the GFDL community following the 2019 GFDL lab review. This list will be updated semi-annually by the DEI committee in an effort to be transparent and accountable.

  • Establish GFDL core values and code of conduct
  • Create a GFDL DEI statement
  • Make DEI actions sustainable on the long-term
  • Establish regular focus sessions with the various constituents of the GFDL community

Definitions of DEI

Diversity within an institution requires the recruitment, retention, development, and fair and equitable opportunity for advancement of people with a range of different identities, backgrounds, views, and experiences. Diversity can refer to demographic diversity, experiential diversity, and cognitive diversity.

Equity is the pursuit of equal access to resources and opportunities for all community members while fully recognizing and correcting for and revising existing systems and structures. Equity requires determining existing barriers and addressing those barriers directly.

Inclusion is a culture of welcoming, accommodating and appreciating the unique attributes and experiences and backgrounds of all. An inclusive environment is supportive, fosters trust, guarantees psychological and physical safety, and allows for equal access. Inclusion requires active and intentional engagement on the part of everyone and provides a feeling of belonging