The Science Council, the umbrella organisation for UK learned and professional societies, recently signed a Declaration to promote equality, diversity and inclusion amongst its members. The Geological Society of London is amongst them, and has now appointed a diversity champion (Tricia Henton) to establish a current baseline and drive good practice in the future. This month's Soapbox in the Geoscientist magazine introduces Tricia and outlines her plans for the next year - as well as inviting feedback from the wider Fellowship.
We are aware that the Society has very little baseline data against
which to measure success. We were surprised to find that a group of
professional institutions and major geosciences employers all collect
substantially more information from members and employees than we do,
allowing them to monitor their progress more easily. So, one of the
first changes we propose is to put in place effective diversity
monitoring - a legal requirement in the public, and standard practice in
large parts of the private, sector (subject, of course, to the
requirements of data security and confidentiality).
Good communications are vital to promoting change. We want all of
you, the Fellowship and stakeholders, to contribute your views on how
well we currently present ourselves. Do we foster the feeling of being
an ‘inclusive’ Society? Do we cater for and adequately support
differences of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual preference and physical
ability? Our Vice President for Regional Groups has already volunteered
to provide feedback from them. Many of their members are employed by a
wide range of companies and public sector bodies whose experience will
be helpful and relevant.
Read more here.