Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity
Equity and inclusion banners in Sproul Plaza — a project initiated, designed, and temporarily installed by the ERG Diversity Student Committee. (C. Hyun, January 2017)
Equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) at ERG
The mission of ERG is a sustainable environment and a just society. ERG actively promotes intellectual, racial, ethnic, and gender inclusion. To accomplish this, ERG researches the impacts of equality and inequality and celebrates diversity in our community through scholarship, self-reflection, community life, and public engagement. Under the ERG by-laws, the Diversity Committee officially oversees equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) in the department. Beyond this, the ERG community includes a variety of student groups, resources, and continued efforts for equity and inclusion. Look through this page to find out more. Also, look for more resources on this page in the future.
Reviewing the initial results of ERG’s first diversity survey by the ERG Diversity Committee. (C. Hyun, May 2015)
ERG Diversity Committee
The ERG Diversity Committee’s responsibilities include: to ensure a climate of equity and inclusion that fosters diversity; develop and monitor ERG’s Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity; expand strategies for attracting and retaining a diverse faculty; seek means to increase the diversity of students in ERG; ensure diverse representation and inclusion of graduate students on search and selection committees; and seek other opportunities to bring a diversity of individuals into ERG teaching and research programs. This committee is composed of a chair selected from the core faculty; one or two members of the ERG core faculty and/or affiliates; two student members; and the ERG manager (ex-officio). The committee meets at least once per semester and more frequently as needed. Please let Prof. Isha Ray or Megan Amaral know if you are interested in being involved in the ERG Diversity Committee. The current committee includes:
- Prof. Isha Ray, Committee Chair and ERG Equity Adviser
- Megan Amaral, ERG Manager, ex-officio
- Salma Elmallah, Student Representative
- Vero Jacome, Student Representative
Planning for ERG peer mentoring by the ERG Diversity Student Committee. (C. Hyun, May 2016)
Student-led groups at ERG
Student-led groups at ERG related to EID include the ERG Student Advocacy Committee for Equity and Inclusion (SACEI), ERG Women, and QuERGies. Additional EID efforts have included informal language-based gatherings (e.g., Mandarin, French, Spanish), biennial department climate surveys, Visit Day and Diversity Day for accepted students, peer mentoring for accepted and new students, EID workshops, and POC and diversity potlucks, providing safe spaces off campus.
Student Advocacy Committee for Equity and Inclusion (SACEI)
SACEI (pronounced säkē) is a student-led group that advocates for and supports initiatives to promote and improve equity, inclusion, and diversity within ERG and beyond. Formerly known as the ERG Student Diversity Committee, SACEI activities include coordinating a peer mentoring program alongside ERG staff, assisting with the annual ERG climate survey, advising the Admissions Committee in recruiting and reaching out to underrepresented applicants, representing ERG at admissions fairs and other events, organizing EID trainings, and liaising with the graduate student union. Current students can join here.
This student group holds potlucks and other get-togethers where ERG women can connect with other women students and discuss issues that are important to women and femmes in academia, including trans and gender non-conforming folks. New students will be invited at the beginning of the year once potlucks resume.
QuERGies is ERG’s queer student and alumni network. We are primarily a social group, hosting events throughout the year to create safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ students at ERG. We also help other ERGies be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ people. Current ERGies and alumni can join here.
ERG diversity dinner (S. Karasaki, September 2017)
Diversity of scholarship
ERG encourages a variety of research topics and approaches as part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We work to create research environments that are inclusive and respectful of different perspectives and approaches. The videos below are examples of the far-ranging and interdisciplinary research we do at ERG. Find more ERG spotlights here.
Here are a few ERGie papers related to our joint mission of research for a sustainable environment and a just society:
- Sunter, D.A., S. Castellanos, and D.M. Kammen. 2019. Disparities in Rooftop Photovoltaics Deployment in the United States by Race and Ethnicity. Nature Sustainability, 2: 71-76.
- Osborne, T. 2017. Public Political Ecology: A Community of Praxis for Earth Stewardship. Journal of Political Ecology, 24: 843-860.
- Ranganathan, M. 2016. Thinking with Flint: Racial Liberalism and the Roots of an American Water Tragedy. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 27 (3): 17-33.
- Cushing, L., R. Morello-Frosch, M. Wander and M. Pastor. 2015. The Haves, the Have-nots, and the Health of Everyone: The Relationship between Social Inequality and Environmental Quality. Annual Review of Public Health, 18(36): 193-209.
- Balazs, C. and R. Morello-Frosch. 2013. The Three R’s: How Community Based Participatory Research Strengthens the Rigor, Relevance and Reach of Science. Environmental Justice, 6(1): 9-16.
- Balazs, C., R. Morello-Frosch, A. Hubbard, and I. Ray. 2011. Social Disparities in Nitrate-Contaminated Drinking Water in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(9): 1272-1278.
At ERG, we work to create inclusive classrooms and we value freedom of expression and dialogue. ERG students can take a wide range of courses as part of their Master’s and/or PhD studies. Here are several ERG courses that explicitly discuss equity, inclusion, and diversity.
- ENERES 98/198 – Energy DeCal
- ENERES C100 /C200 – Energy and Society
- ENERES 175/275 – Water and Development
- ENERES 180/280 – Ecological Economics in Historical Context
- ENERES 201 – Interdisciplinary Analysis in Energy and Resources
- ENERES C271 – Energy and Development Doctoral Seminar
- ENERES C283 – Information and Communications Technology for Development
Life@ERG blog posts related to EID
- One Year Later: Why and How We Resist – 11/2017
- ERG & Election: Can we talk about this? – 11/2016
- Getting Inclusive With Data Science: ERG Students Initiate Data & Diversity Course at Cal – 02/2016
- Environmental Policy: Looking Past our Green-Colored Glasses – 07/2015
Campus resources related to EID
- UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
- Graduate Diversity Program
- Getting Mentoring
- Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare
- Gender Equity Resource Center
- Disabled Students Program
- Multicultural Education Program
- Berkeley International Office
- University of California Diversity
Articles related to EID, environmental resources, and academia
- Green 2.0: The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations
- Green Must Diversify or Die
- Think People of Color Don’t Care About the Environment? Think Again
- Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare – News and Research
- Graduate Students of Color: Race, Racism, and Mentoring in the White Waters of Academia