Citizen Science Association: Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity Mission Development
Hello IDE members! We are trying to finalize our mission statement for this working group. Please share your feedback in the following survey so that we can set our priorities as a group. Then we will followup with an open discussion of these results before we make this official.
For examples please check out the descriptions of other CSA working groups our sister group from the European CSA:
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Thanks! Skye Kelty, Stella Kafka, Courtney McGeachy (co-chairs of IDE working group)
First off, please let us know what you think about this mission statement originally developed by this committee in 2015: "This committee will take responsibility for including diversity, equity and integrity in scientific research among the founding and guiding mandates of our association. We will also work with colleagues within and beyond our association to support and advance those mandates in practice."
Approve as is
Approve, but with my suggested changes in the "other" section of this question
Disapprove, but with my suggestions on a new direction or major revision in the "other" section of this question.
Please let us know what objectives this group should work towards. Either click the options below that you like or feel free to suggest more in the "other" option for this question.
Build awareness of and create venues for discussing issues of equity, justice and integrity.
Define a set of values and hold our association, and our members, accountable to those values.
Act on those values especially to develop equity
Coordinate the development of a code of ethical standards-of-practice for our association.
Identify and facilitate ongoing public discussions of tradeoffs between scientific and socio-cultural value, when those are perceived.
Develop and monitor measurements of IDE throughout CSA
Disseminate best practices in IDE in citizen science to members of the CSA
Provide mentorship and support opportunities for underrespresented members of the CSA and for researchers seeking to improve IDE on their own projects
We would like to address the potential risks for this committee, not just the benefits. Please let us know which risk disclaimers you agree with for our inclusivity, diversity, and equity working group. Feel free to add in additional comments about risks in the "other" section of this question.
To be effective, some of these conversations will be uncomfortable.
The working group may decide to decouple some of these issues and want to consider different names or words be used (including verbiage used by the association).
The membership of this working group may intentionally diverge from the current membership of CSA.
Effectiveness of this group will be a function of how willing and open the association is to change, including changes that redistribute power.
Please let us know what you think membership should mean in this working group. Check the boxes you agree with and feel free to make more suggestions in the "Other" section of this question.
Members will be expected to attend 75% of meetings. Meetings will be hosted monthly.
Members will be expected to be actively working on one of the working group projects.
Co-chairs will be nominated by the group (not elected)
Co-chairs will be elected by the group (more formal process)
Co-chairs will be responsible to coordinate group meetings and lead the working group projects
Co-chairs will be in place for 1 or 2 year terms.
Folks are welcome to be on the listserve of this working group or to participate more casually, but they will not be official members of the working group.
Our working group resources will be made publicly available as much as possible.
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