Pledge Challenge

Dr. Sonia Ortega is presented with the inaugural 2013 Human Diversity in Ecology Award by Julie Reynold, Scott Collins and Alan Hastings.

Dr. Sonia Ortega is presented with the inaugural 2013 Human Diversity in Ecology Award by Julie Reynold, Scott Collins and Alan Hastings.

“To celebrate, I take this occasion to issue a challenge pledge: for every dollar donated to the SEEDS program through 9/9/13, I will match your contribution up to $5,000.”
- Dr. Sonia Ortega

The Ecological Society of America is pleased to present a special challenge to ESA members by Dr. Sonia Ortega, the recipient of the 2013 Commitment to Human Diversity Award. This award was presented by the Society for the first time in Minneapolis. If you have already made a contribution or a pledge at the ESA Annual Meeting, we thank you and will be in contact with you very soon.

I am honored to be the first recipient of ESA’s Commitment to Human Diversity Award. To celebrate, I take this occasion to issue a challenge pledge: for every dollar donated to the SEEDS program through 9/9/13, I will match your contribution up to $5,000.

Looking back through the years since the early 1990s when I was part of the first Women and Minorities in Ecology (WAMIE) committee, it is really good to see so many of the recommendations put in place by ESA. Diversity has an essential place in our science. We need the participation of all communities so that critical perspectives, questions and ideas can be brought into ecology.  This means developing the ability to move out of our comfort zones to embrace diversity. The Ecological Society of America is pleased to present a special challenge to ESA members by Dr. Sonia Ortega, the recipient of the 2013 Commitment to Human Diversity Award. This award was presented by the Society for the first time in Minneapolis. If you have already made a contribution or a pledge at the ESA Annual Meeting, we thank you and will be in contact with you very soon.

I am honored to be the first recipient of ESA’s Commitment to Human Diversity Award. To celebrate, I take this occasion to issue a challenge pledge: for every dollar donated to the SEEDS program through 9/9/13, I will match your contribution up to $5,000.

Looking back through the years since the early 1990s when I was part of the first Women and Minorities in Ecology (WAMIE) committee, it is really good to see so many of the recommendations put in place by ESA. Diversity has an essential place in our science. We need the participation of all communities so that critical perspectives, questions and ideas can be brought into ecology. This means developing the ability to move out of our comfort zones to embrace diversity.

In ESA, we have a wonderful award-winning program that nurtures diversity and develops the next generation of leaders – the SEEDS program. Through its programs and campus chapters, SEEDS reaches thousands of undergraduate students from very diverse backgrounds every year. ESA has been fortunate to receive external funds that have supported SEEDS for a long time but we can no longer take this for granted. We need to ensure that this program is sustained into the future.

Your support is not only a financial one – it expresses your commitment to diversity. Take up my challenge! Please make a contribution to SEEDS today!

Sonia Ortega
2013 ESA Commitment to Human Diversity Award winner

Please make a contribution to SEEDS today!