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Equity in Practice: AMS Joint Sessions Focus on Actionable Integration of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • 21 January 2022

A joint session with AMS Weather Water and Climate Enterprise and the Board on Enterprise Decision Support aims to pave the way in equity to advance the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise. There is a growing acknowledgement of the necessity to integrate diversity and inclusion into our daily lives. Implementing these ways of thinking expands our worldviews, can stimulate new ways of approaching challenges, and is simply the moral thing to do. There are also opportunities to bring these benefits into the work that we do, the research questions that we ask, what gets funded, and how we run our businesses. This session will explore why it is important for the members of the AMS enterprise to change not just how we think about diversity, equity, and inclusion, but how each of us can be leaders in bringing about change in the work that we do on a daily basis. Integrating diversity and inclusion into our work will expand the reach and the impact of all of our effort individually, and collectively as the AMS enterprise.


Co-Organizers: Stephanie Herring, PhD and Nancy Beller-Simms, PhD

Session 1: Wednesday, Jan 26, 1:30-3pm CT


Session Topic

Mary Glackin

What is Diversity and Inclusion, and what does it mean to the AMS enterprise? Discussion on the value of including equity as a focus to the AMS enterprise, and the role of the AMS members as leaders in this area and driving change.

Kandis Boyd

What D&I questions are being asked? Discussion on how federal research efforts, along with federal grant programs, are integrating or considering environmental justice, D&I, and community solutions into their research and grants.

Melissa Burt

The future of the Enterprise: How can AMS leaders be teaching the next generation to integrate equity and justice into their work?

Miriam Solis

Equity in Practice: Planet Texas 2050



Session 2: Wednesday, Jan 26, 3:45-5:00 pm CT


  • Paula Paciorek, Water Conservation Manager, Houston Public Works

  • Paulette Blanchard, Rising Voices Group

  • Nancy Beller-Simms, NOAA CPO AdSci

  • Dan Pisut, ESRI

For more information, contact Nancy Beller-Simms.



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