CaSP is joining other science institutions, organizations, and communities in their commitment to become more intentional in creating a welcoming environment for all. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) are core values of science policy and are necessary to carry out CaSP’s goal of educating the scientific community, increasing early career scientist awareness of science policy issues, and communicating scientific ventures to scientific and non-scientific communities.
CaSP is excited to foster an environment where persons and ideas of diverse backgrounds enrich our commitment to embed equity in all our structures and practices. We want to make sure every member of our organization feels valued. To provide resources and opportunities for our members and affiliates to use their unique experiences to solve problems and create/assess inclusive data-driven policies we plan to:
- Build networks with groups across the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus led by early career scientists from historically excluded groups based on race, gender, sexuality, or ability.
- Engage students and faculty/staff with different perspectives, areas of expertise, cultures, and other variables that will promote innovation.
- Focus on science policy issues related to marginalization of under-represented groups and intersectionality in our advocacy efforts.
- Listen to and learn from historically excluded communities and amplify those voices in science and science policy, specifically in our local communities.
- Sponsor the membership and promote participation of CaSP members from historically excluded communities.
- Collaborate with cultural organizations on campus to discuss social ideas and perspectives that inform science policy.
- Recognize and raise awareness on current science policy issues that can be improved to be more inclusive of minority populations.
- Consistently reexamine who has benefited from and been served by science and science policy and who has been historically and contemporarily marginalized.
We hope our members, collaborators, and stakeholders feel valued and contribute to sustaining a climate that will make us better learners, educators, and teachers of science policy.