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XXXVII SCAR Delegates Meeting
5-7 September 2022, Goa, India
SCAR XXXVII Paper 33: Action Group on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
Agenda Item: 8.5
Person Responsible: Eoghan Griffin
Report Authors: Adriana María Gulisano (Argentina), Zia Madani (Japan) and Pilvi Muschitiello (UK)
A scoping committee was established in 2020 to determine the best course of action for SCAR in tackling issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The membership drew on SCAR's and EDI's combined expertise, acknowledged efforts made by other polar organizations, and shared membership with the SOOS Working Group on EDI.
The scoping group's principal recommendation to the SCAR Delegates was to form a specific SCAR Action Group on EDI to move forward the topics it had highlighted. It was intended to offer these to the new Action Group so that they could start working on a number of SCAR-related measures, with the Action Group selecting how to carry them out. The Action Group made decisions regarding how to carry out these tasks and what additional tasks were necessary.
The steps included gathering pertinent baseline data from the community, the use of historical data to assess diversity, and an investigation of best practices for behavior codes. Language constraints might have a negative effect and make it difficult to share pertinent research on EDI concerns.
The formation of the EDI Action Group was accepted by the SCAR Delegates at their meeting in March 2021, and the SCAR Executive Committee approved the formal Group proposal in May 2021. The Action Group's leadership was chosen among the community volunteers, and the team is collaborating with the Executive Committee, Secretariat, and Capacity Building, Education and Training (CBET) Committee to address the issues raised by the scoping group and advance SCAR's goal of becoming a truly inclusive organization.