DEI Task Force

Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force

DEI Task Force Members

Shadrack Agyiri (Ghana)Jill Karsten (USA)
Jennifer Bourgeault (USA)Julie Malmberg (USA)
Katie Chapman (USA)Josette Neal-De-Stanton (USA)
Kimberly Davis (USA)David Padgett (USA)
Mindi DePaola (USA)Richard Parsons (USA)
Francis Emralino (Philippines)Marina Pavlic (Croatia)
Wrayna Fairchild (USA)Ana Prieto (Argentina)
Trena Ferrell (USA)Nate Raynor (USA)
Rosalba Giarratano (USA)Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa (Colombia)
Kate Goss (USA)Elena Sparrow (USA)
Nikitah Imani (USA)Josephine Joy Tolentino (Philippines)

With the support of GLOBE Program Sponsors from NASA and NSF, in the fall of 2019 the GLOBE DEI Task Force was formed with the goal of creating a GLOBE statement and implementation plan on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In February 2020 the group met in Boulder, Colorado for a DEI workshop, and to begin working on these statements. This group has met monthly ever since to collaboratively produce the statements shown below. These statements and action plan were presented to the GLOBE Community at the 2020 Virtual Meeting. A recording of this presentation can be found on the 2020 Virtual Meeting Session Recordings Page

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GLOBE DEI Vision and Mission:

Vision: The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is committed to promoting a culture of belonging with its community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizen scientists in order for all to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system. GLOBE recognizes that the creation of diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices is central to achieving this goal and seeks to foster an environment that values diversity as a core strength; addresses inequities; and ensures inclusion of all perspectives in guiding the planning and implementation of The GLOBE Program.

Mission: Our mission is to ensure that GLOBE learners and community members around the world are valued as diverse individuals with different perspectives, and unique ways of thinking. We commit to encouraging open collaboration and communication to build and sustain a diverse, just, equitable, and inclusive program.


Diversity is the collective mixture of visible and invisible differences and similarities that enhance the societal relevance and impact of GLOBE and includes the full spectrum of personal attributes, cultural affiliations, and socioeconomic (or professional) statuses that characterize individuals within society.

Equity is fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, with just inclusion in which all can participate, prosper, benefit, and reach their full potential. This means striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

Inclusion is ensuring respect and value of the individual identities and contributions of participants engaged in executing GLOBE’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities and ensuring that GLOBE is a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for all. This involves cultivating a culture of involvement and empowerment, and promoting and sustaining a sense of belonging.

Action Plan (detailed):

  • Create DEI Working Group
  • Administer DEI Assessments
  • Build a DEI Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Develop DEI based Resources
  • Establish DEI Training Opportunities
  • Form DEI Supportive Partnerships
  • Find funding for DEI
  • Communicate DEI Initiatives


To see translations of the draft DEI Definitions, Mission, Vision and overview of the Draft Action Plan please Click Here