ECo Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement

ECo DEI wordcloud
Wordcloud created with anonymous responses from members of the ECo community to a “Exploring who we are” exercise.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (ECo) at University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizes the existence of systemic barriers that decrease diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. ECo acknowledges those systems exist and works diligently to identify and dismantle them to broaden accessibility and involvement in

STEM fields. ECo strongly supports and is committed to being a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. ECo embraces the diversity within our department and supports community by welcoming all members regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economic status, political views, physical abilities, and age. The ECo community recognizes that an equitable, inclusive and diverse department prepares students and scholars for the future, brings diverse perspectives, improves the learning environment, harbors diverse skill sets needed to address complex problems, and fosters a sense of community. Finally, a diverse and inclusive department improves our scholarly environment by empowering members, providing a safe environment to share new ideas, and allows members of the ECo community to grow not just as scientists but also as global citizens.

The ECo Action Plan

Click here for the ECo Action Plan. This action plan was put together by the ECo Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and is a result of the conversations, ideas, and concerns expressed by
community members during and after the ECo community forum on July 31, 2020.

Resources for the Community

More Resources coming soon

How to Contact Us

Contact the DEI Committee

Contact ECo’s DEI committee:

Provide Anonymous Comments

We welcome comments from the community. Please fill out this form to provide anonymous feedback.

DEI Committee Members

ECo has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee comprised of faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students that meets regularly to support departmental efforts to ensure ECo is a welcoming, inclusive and safe environmental for all members of our community.

ECo’s DEI committee (2020-2021)

Toni Lyn Morelli
Malcolm Itter
Carolyn Safarik
Desiree Narango
Kadambari Devarajon
Olivia Lukacic
Armand Martinez
Dipa Lamsal
Dorian Kos

Past committee members

Linda Fortin
Michael Hallworth
Waverly Lau
Aimee Rodrigue
Michael Roberts
Paige Warren