“The only way we can change the geoscience culture is by a massive shift in individual mindsets, with the aim of moving the field from passively non-racist to actively anti-racist.” – Kuheli Dutt (2019) – Nature Geoscience
“Racism, injustice and police brutality are awful on their own, but are additionally pernicious because of the brain power and creative hours they steal from us.“ - Ayana E. Johnson (2020) – Washington Post
Many people are subjected to racism on a daily basis, enduring everything from minor inconveniences to fatal interactions. This is intolerable. This week many individuals, organizations, and institutions are issuing thoughtful and powerful statements on their intolerance of racism and injustice. They also are committing to proactive measures to promote inclusion, equity, and diversity in their networks.
OCB pledges to implement anti-racism in its decision-making about leadership, community activities, and capacity building. We all need to educate ourselves as individuals, institutions, and networks, to listen to our colleagues, to self-reflect, and to take part in difficult conversations in order to be the change we want to see. OCB leadership is committed to listening, educating, and engaging with our network in anti-racist action, and we welcome your feedback and participation.