COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

BSERC Policy Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

The Bisbee Science Exploration & Research Center (BSERC) believes that each person, whether staff, volunteer, or participant is unique.  Each brings their own perspective, experience, knowledge, history, ethnicity, religion, nationality, and sexual orientation to the organization.  BSERC seeks, welcomes, respects, and values this diversity in the organization as it is essential to the practice of science, technology, engineering, and math.  With diversity among people, diverse ideas emerge; an essential element in our work, our community, and globally.  

BSERC strives to go beyond diversity by also being inclusive and equitable when providing programming, hiring staff, engaging volunteers, and engaging the public.  By committing to diversity, inclusion and equity, BSERC values, and celebrates participation, contributions, discoveries, and novel solutions, regardless of their source.  

Guiding principles and efforts:

  • See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff and the communities we serve.

  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.

  • Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.

  • Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.

  • Help to challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization, and who is well-positioned to provide leadership.

  • Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.

  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committees, and advisory bodies.

  • Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.

  • Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by creating substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies.

  • Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress toward the visibility of our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. 

  • Pool resources and expand offerings for underrepresented constituents by connecting with other organizations committed to diversity and inclusion efforts.

  • Develop a system for being more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring, promoting, or evaluating process. 

  • Develop programming, to the greatest extent possible, that can be implemented without charge to the public.