Why some companies are saying ‘diversity and belonging’ instead of ‘diversity and inclusion’

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The changing terminology reflects new thinking among some consultants, who say traditional D.E.I. strategies haven’t worked out as planned.

Counted at last: US federal agency to pilot PhD survey with questions on LGBT+ scientists

Read the full story in Nature.

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a pilot project to track sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) demographics when it releases its yearly census of all recipients of research doctorates at US institutions this year.

The annual Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), which launched in 1957, collects demographic information on the sex, race and ethnicity, scientific discipline, debt burden, disability status and citizenship status of new PhD recipients, among other information. NSF publishes the results on its website and shares this information with degree-granting institutions in the United States.

SED data has typically been used by government agencies, academic institutions and industry to track the careers of women, people of colour and people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). But to date, the SED has not looked into the career progression of scientists who are members of gender or sexual minority groups (LGBT+).

Collecting these data will help the NSF and other agencies to analyse employers’ policies and procedures for addressing unintended barriers to employment, advancement and inclusion, said Charles Barber, NSF’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, in a statement to Nature. “This gives us an opportunity to create more opportunities and broaden participation to yield equitable outcomes for the LGBTQIA+ community and others.”

How pandemic publishing struck a blow to the visibility of women’s expertise

Read the full story in BMJ.

The biases in scientific publishing during the pandemic damaged women’s visibility, recognition, and career advancement.

Minnesota poised to close state park, return land to Dakota tribe

Read the full story from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

A Minnesota state park built on a notorious site of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 would be closed and transferred to the Dakota under a proposed state law.

The 1,300-acre Upper Sioux Agency State Park, composed of rolling prairies and wetlands at the confluence of the Yellow Medicine and Minnesota rivers, would be returned to the Upper Sioux Community that was forced out after the war. It would mark the first time in decades that the state of Minnesota relinquished a state park.

How to diversify the engineering workforce in the energy industry

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Workforce development is a crucial step along the path to a clean energy future. Proponents of the energy transition can’t stop talking about all the jobs, jobs, jobs that the transition will bring, but what exactly will that workforce look like?  Jasmine Robinson, a project manager at IHI Terrasun Solutions, joins the show to talk about what the energy sector can do to recruit, develop and retain more women. Jasmine started developing her engineering skills at an early age and she’s determined to see more women follow in her footsteps. That’s why she’s keen to see things like STEM classes, mentoring programs, and other initiatives used to develop a pipeline of talented women to seize all those jobs, jobs, jobs. 

Payment for the past: Recognizing indigenous seed stewardship

Read the full story at Modern Farmer.

Indigenous royalties acknowledge the past, but they are complicated to implement.

More all-terrain wheelchairs added to Michigan state parks

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Three more Michigan state parks will receive all-terrain wheelchairs this summer to make parks more accessible.

They include Wilderness State Park in Emmet County, Warren Dunes in Berrien County and North Higgins Lake in Crawford County. That brings the number of state parks that have at least one of the chairs to 14. Some have two or even three, including Holland State Park, Grand Haven State Park and Ludington State Park. 

Principal historian Turkiya Lowe is reshaping how the National Park Service tells the American story

Read the full story at The 19th.

Lowe, the first Black person and the first woman to oversee the history taught in the parks system, is focused on everyday people and unsung heroes.

Climate grants hardest to get for towns that need them most

Read the full story from Indiana Public Media.

Climate disasters have a disproportionate impact on small and rural communities. Federal and state infrastructure climate resilience grants are designed to close that gap. 

The federal government has provided $130 billion to local governments for climate resilience projects but getting and using those funds is beyond what many Indiana towns can manage. 

The necessity of inner work to be an effective environmentalist

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

In the last part of this two-part article series, we examined how white culture and white privilege impact the ways in which we engage with communities around sustainability. As Rev. williams suggests, to solve the problems of separation, obsessive productivity and exploitation caused by white culture, we need to advance our “inner change work,” which impacts the “outer change work.”

Unlearning white conditioning is an ongoing process — like an intention rather than a goal, you’re never completely done. I’ll be the first to admit I’m still a work in progress here. But here are some ideas on how to get started.