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Conference Organization

Tom Douglas is our conference chair and we have several active conference committees supporting the conference organization. Organizing this conference is a volunteer effort. If you would like to be involved, please contact Tom.

Thomas Douglas (Conference Chair, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL))
Anna Liljedahl  (Technical Committee Chair, Woods Hole Research Center)
Susan Wilson  (Marketing & Sponsorship Committee Co-chair, 3rd Rock Consulting)
Peppi Croft  (Marketing & Sponsorship Committee Co-chair and Treasurer, unaffiliated)
Alex J. Webster (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Co-Chair, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; University of New Mexico)
Arial J. Shogren (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Co-Chair, Michigan State University)

Mission Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Scientific meetings like the 2021 RCOP-ICCRE bring together a variety of people working on related topics, facilitating networking and career development and shaping the culture and
ethics of the fields represented. In addition, such meetings advance scientific and engineering knowledge, facilitate public understanding of science, and engage with policy makers. The RCOP-ICCRE recognizes that diversity among their organizational membership and conference attendees promotes better science by broadening viewpoints, questions, and problem-solving skills, thereby furthering the goals of the meeting and its affiliated scientific societies. The benefits of diversity will not be realized, however, unless organizers and members work to welcome, value, and include representation and perspectives from all meeting attendees (diversity and inclusion) and remove barriers to participation (equity). A focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion also fulfills moral and ethical responsibilities to treat everyone with dignity and include them in scientific spaces from which many are historically and continually excluded.

We, the RCOP-ICCRE’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, are committed to promoting these priorities as a goal of achieving and sustaining integrity and excellence throughout our scientific community. We firmly believe we can best promote integrity and excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of scientists into permafrost and cold regions related science and engineering fields. We will do that by creating a climate of respect and inclusion to support their success at our meeting and beyond. We aim to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion at the RCOP-ICCRE through a number of initiatives. These include drafting and helping enforce a code of conduct, providing training on EDI-related issues in STEM, removing barriers to participation, and assessing the success and need for improvement in the Conference’s EDI-related efforts. These values and efforts are recognized and supported fully by the RCOP-ICCRE conference and respective organizational leadership at all levels.

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