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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

The Global Water Institute is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just community within the institute's work in teaching, research, and outreach. We believe that a vibrant and thriving academic environment is one that values and celebrates the unique perspectives, experiences, and identities of all its members.

Diversity at the Global Water Institute encompasses a broad spectrum of characteristics, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, age, nationality, religion, and other dimensions of identity. We recognize that diversity is a source of strength and a catalyst for innovation, creativity, and excellence in academic endeavors.

Equity is a core principle that guides our actions and policies. We are committed to addressing and eliminating systemic barriers and biases that may hinder the full participation and advancement of individuals from historically marginalized groups. We aim to create an environment where every member has equitable access to opportunities, resources, and support necessary for personal and professional growth.

Inclusion is woven into the fabric of the Global Water Institute. We strive to cultivate a sense of belonging for every community member, fostering an atmosphere where diverse perspectives are welcomed and actively sought. Through inclusive practices, we aim to create an environment where all individuals feel respected, valued, and empowered to contribute their unique talents and perspectives.

Justice is a fundamental value that underpins our commitment to fairness, equality, and social responsibility. The Global Water Institute promotes social justice within our academic community and beyond. This involves:

  • Actively engaging with issues of systemic injustice.
  • Advocating for positive change.
  • Contributing to a more just and equitable society through our research, teaching, and outreach efforts.

We acknowledge that achieving and maintaining diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice requires ongoing effort, reflection, and collaboration. The Global Water Institute is committed to regularly assessing our practices, policies, and culture to ensure we continue progressing toward our goals. We encourage open dialogue and active participation from all members of our community as we work together to build an institute that reflects the richness of human diversity and contributes to a more just and equitable world.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land we are meeting on has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among Indigenous peoples, specifically the Shawnee, Miami, Wyandot and Delaware Nations. We honor and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this territory on which we gather.