OBFS Human Diversity Committee

The OBFS Human Diversity Committee promotes and encourages activities, programs and approaches that increase the involvement and engagement of underrepresented groups in field science.

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OBFS Human Diversity Award

Founded in 2007, The OBFS Human Diversity Award provides recognition for unique activities, programs, or approaches (funded or unfunded) that increases the involvement, engagement, and sustainability of underrepresented groups in field science.

Broadly speaking, underrepresented groups in field science may include, but are not limited to, ethnic minorities (blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, etc.), women, inner-city youth, disadvantaged rural communities, K-12 groups, tribal colleges, community colleges, undergraduate institutions with small programs, and citizen monitoring programs. Promoting Human Diversity may be accomplished by disseminating materials and using, rearranging, or creating infrastructure to facilitate transitions between the field and classroom. Activities should stimulate both applied and individualized approaches to experiential scientific learning.

We will also recognize stations that demonstrate how retention and application of new scientific concepts are promoted to facilitate further discovery and increase scientific dialog among diverse user groups. This may include a pedagogy for the basic knowledge needed by underrepresented groups to address the current challenges in environmental and natural resources management and research at all educational levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education).

The winning station receives a permanent plaque, an award letter that can be included in proposals, promotional materials, etc., and a second traveling OBFS plaque that notes the annual winning stations.

Application for 2014 Human Diversity Award

The nomination deadline is 1 May 2014. Please send nominations to diversity@obfs.org

We are looking for self-nominations from stations as well as nominations of activities, programs, and stations that have impressed you regarding their human diversity impact. We strongly encourage resubmissions from past applicants who have not won.  Application deadline is May 15, 2014.

Past Awardees:

2013 Hawai'i Experimental Tropical Forest (HETF)
Through a variety of programs and a strong reliance on partnerships, the HETF provides opportunities for hands on experience in natural resource management and research. Programs target middle, high school and college level students primarily on Hawai‘i Island with an ultimate goal of diversifying the workforce of the USDA Forest Service.

2012 Grace Grossman Youth Collaborative, University of Massachusetts Boston Nantucket Field Station
This program serves urban schools throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, providing high-school and middle-school students with a week-long, all expenses paid trip to the UMB-NFS to learn about ecology, the environment, science, and history. 

2011 Sagehen Creek Field Station's Adventure Risk Challenge Summer Literacy & Leadership Program
The ARC program objective is to "improve literacy and life skills, expose youth to a range of natural environments and wilderness experiences, and inspire the confidence they need to envision and accomplish goals, succeed in high school, and become engaged, empowered citizens."

2010  Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO)
2009
- SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center and Cranberry Lake Biological Station, New York
2008 - Llano River Field Station, Texas
2007
- Organization for Tropical Studies