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The APECS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Project Group aims to ensure that one’s identity is not a barrier to success in polar science. Our specific goals are to:

  • Facilitate international and interdisciplinary dialogue around diversity, inclusion, and equity in the polar science community;
  • Provide resources for APECS members facing identity-related challenges, as well as bystanders, allies, and leaders in our communities;
  • Ensure that the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity remain embedded in APECS and related communities now and in the future.

Each of the terms “diversity,” “inclusion,” and “equity” has a specific and important meaning. The following definitions are based on current research and applied for work in the field.


This project group emphasizes that diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments benefit polar research overall, which is strengthened by contributions from diverse participants (diversity), especially when participants are welcomed and not subject to discrimination (e.g., through harassment, assault, or bias) (inclusion), and when all participants have sufficient resources and access to contribute at all levels of polar research (equity)

Source: United Nations System Staff College; Independent Sector; University of Michigan Institute for Social Research; London School of Economics: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and The Diversity Collegium, via UN Global Compact.


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