As with any pandemic, there will be an imbalance of suffering as climate change progresses. We will fail miserably at meeting the hallmarks of democracy, human rights + social justice if we do not center the most marginalized + vulnerable in every aspect of climate change work. The scientific discoveries of LEAP may also force us to completely re-imagine fundamental features of society.

At the LEAP Center, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) are core to who we are and to our commitments to confronting the social and scientific challenges of climate change. By “core” we mean that JEDI is central to our mission and is a part of every aspect of the Center’s work. We understand that the burdens of climate change are not equally distributed throughout society. We are committed to leveraging diverse perspectives, experiences and ideas to produce rigorous climate data science and impactful community engagement initiatives.

LEAP DEI Objectives

  • Integrate LEAP’s vision into recruitment, research, education + knowledge transfer efforts
  • Increase representation of URMs in the burgeoning climate data science discipline
  • Assess, review and revise all LEAP activities through an explicitly DEI lens

Key Tenets of JEDI at LEAP

  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are critical to LEAPs scientific and social missions related to climate change
  • The questions we ask, the problems and solutions we identify, are influenced by who we are
  • Richer questions, problems + solutions emerge from diverse teams. LEAP needs teams equipped to address complexities
  • LEAP’s ability to impact society is improved if LEAP looks like society
  • Address needs of most vulnerable communities
  • Bi-directional Knowledge Transfer: In addition to sharing what we learn at LEAP, we also acknowledge that we have a lot to learn from marginalized communities that have been deeply affected by climate change as well as other stakeholders who possess knowledge critical to the LEAP mission
  • Our science must reach beyond the university

Knowledge Transfer Objectives

  • Establish a bidirectional dialogue between academia, private industry, government and non-profits and the public, with a particular interest in partnerships with communities of color and climate action communities 
  • Innovate in storytelling, visualization and social media for broad stakeholder intake
  • Make all LEAP research open-source and broadly accessible
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