Education & Diversity

Diversity Statement

The Ecological Society of America is dedicated to the science and study of ecology.  The Society welcomes and encourages participation by all individuals regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or subculture. We strive to cultivate a society built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and mutual respect, thereby engendering a welcoming environment for all. Ecologists believe in the need for interdisciplinary study, both in terms of disciplines and participants. We believe in biodiversity both in terms of ecosystems and membership. We will vigorously and proactively reject prejudice and stereotyping wherever it is encountered in our profession. ESA further promotes diversity in all areas of activity, including fostering diversity in membership, leadership, committees, staff, outreach, public engagement, recruitment, and all other areas of societal activity. Adopted November 2014

Education And Diversity Programs Office

ESA’s Education and Diversity Programs Office develops strategic programs to increase diversity within ecology-related professions and to improve the quality of ecology education at all levels. Meet the Staff.

The office works closely with ESA’s Committee for Diversity and Education (CDE). In 2015, the CDE developed a strategic plan to guide its work. We welcome ESA members who are willing to get involved in implementing the plan.  


Strategic Plan for Diversity & Education


Sign up for the Information Webinar on two Faculty Mentoring Networks ~ November 7

Apply to participate in a  spring 2017 Faculty Mentoring Network

  • Data Discovery ~ November 28
  • Dig into Data for the Biology Classroom ~ December 2

Call for Proposals: The 4th Life Discovery – Doing Science Education conference is now accepting proposals for short presentations and hands-on workshops on the theme, Data: Discover, Investigate, Inform. ~ December 15

Join the forum for ecology educators (Google groups ) for up to date information


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