The Diversity and Equality Group was born in 2021 out of the desire to create a favourable working environment within the ENS Geosciences Department regardless of gender, ethnic or social origin, religion, etc. It is composed of about twenty volunteer members representing the diversity of the department and proposes several actions to assess the situation in the department each year and to promote the adoption of good practices to promote equity and diversity.
The D&E group in 2022-2023: Annemiek Stegehuis, Hélène Rouby, Jean-Arthur Olive, Hélène Lyon-Caen, Johanne Lebrun, Emilie Klein, Aglaé Jézéquel, Bertrand Guenet, Alessandra Giannini, Narimane Dorey, Carole Dalin
Below are the slides presented by the group at our last Department Day, summarising its actions over the past year.
At the start of the 2021 academic year, we wanted to take stock of situations of harassment and other violence (whether sexual, sexist or moral) within our walls. The first action of our working group was therefore to build a survey, shared by the department director, Laurent Bopp, on 12 February 2021, giving a one-month window to collect responses.
The main results were presented during the ‘Department day’ on June 23rd, 2021. The comprehensive results have been compiled into a report. Both this document and the presentation slides are available below.
Our purpose is now to renew this survey annually in order to follow the evolution and evaluate the impact of our actions. Our group is currently working on the construction of the next survey to be released in the spring 2022.
The D&E group developped a Code of Conduct, that provides guidelines for a better respect of people, regardless of their gender, status, sexual orientation, origin (real or supposed), religion or disability. It concerns, on the one hand, the individual behaviors and actions of each member of the department and, on the other hand, the commitments and actions to be carried out at the level of team, laboratory and department management.
The need for this initiative comes from recognizing situations of discrimination and harassment within the department’s teaching and research activities. These were highlighted in particular during the Diversity & Equality survey conducted in February 2021 within the department.
This Code of Conduct was adopted on October 18, 2022 by vote at the Conseil du Laboratoire of the Laboratoire de Géologie de l’ENS as well as by the Geosciences Department (LG+LMD-ENS) during its General Assembly on April 21, 2022. The LMD in full (ENS-Jussieu-Polytechnique) has started discussions to create a code that will apply to all 3 sites.
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