Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity Committee

DEI Statement

The Center for Watershed Sciences' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) committee works to further our collective commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusivity in our work environment and research and teaching practices. We meet regularly to discuss ongoing actions in support of our goals.  All CWS affiliates are welcome to participate. Please contact Sarah Yarnell (smyarnell@ucdavis.edu) to get involved.

Committee Goals

  • Increase our collective understanding of historical and ongoing discrimination and support efforts that eliminate discrimination in our research and education.
  • Increase opportunities, access, and support for individuals from underrepresented groups in watershed education and research.
  • Help to provide an inclusive and supportive environment with room for different people, ideas, and perspectives. See: CWS Philosophy and Code of Conduct.

Associated actions

  • Collate and share resources that promote understanding, dialogue, and increased action regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in watershed sciences.

  • Expand outreach to K-12, community college, and undergraduate students, particularly for underrepresented groups.

  • Promote inclusive language, photos, and videos in our research, teaching, and outreach activities.

  • Assess and measure progress towards achieving our goals

Subcommittee Objectives

To accomplish our goals, the DEI committee has broken up into four associated action groups.

Training & Resources

  • Provide information on internal trainings and discussions related to DEI.
  • Curate a resource list for those outside of CWS who are interested in creating a more inclusive workspace or engaging with our CWS community regarding the work we do. 


  • Analyze data to identify strengths, gaps, and needs to better understand the diversity, equity, and inclusion climate at the Center for Watershed Sciences as a basis for addressing any issues identified.

  • Provide findings and any associated actions to the CWS community.


  • Coordinate talks about watershed science and higher education by CWS members for students outside of UC Davis, especially in nearby underserved communities.

  • Plan community days to engage people of all ages with watershed science.

  • Promote national programs to our staff and faculty that connect scientists with underserved communities.


  • Provide updates on actions, promote diversity in messaging, and update the website to better reflect our student diversity.


  • Women in Water Science Panel Discussion (recorded) -  In April 2021, we facilitated an open panel conversation about gender disparities and challenges women face in STEM. The discussion panelists talked about their lived experiences and discussed different ways in which we can all be allies to women in STEM. Please take a moment to listen!


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