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TL;DL version: they have 12 recommendations for broadening participation and communicating about diversity.
Recommendations for Broadening Participation and Communicating About Diversity in Entomology
- Build meaningful long-term collaborations with faculty and students in Minority-Serving Institutions.
- When focusing on diversity for seminar series and symposia, take into account not only gender and ethnic diversity, but also institutional diversity.
- Develop broader impacts for research proposals that provide training opportunities for undergraduates in underserved institutions, because implementation of broader impacts fostering the inclusion of underrepresented groups is uncommon (McGlynn 2013a). However, parachuting into institutions to recruit the “quality” candidates without building relationships with the faculty and supporting long-term mentoring relationships will not serve the purpose of broadening participation (McGlynn 2013b).
- For graduate admissions, eliminate the GRE requirement and lower GPA thresholds.
- Observe or participate in conversations in social media with academics representing a range of ethnic, cultural, and institutional backgrounds.
- Emphasize quality over quantity when developing a piece of work for communication (e.g., blog post, video, podcast). Low-quality work rarely reaches its intended audience.
- If you make the choice to build your own platform for communication, establish a regular frequency for new material, and stick to that schedule. Blogs are a form of outreach that involves a long-haul investment, because audiences build slowly, and only with regular feeding.
- You don’t need to build your own platform, as range of existing platforms are available to you, such as Facebook, Twitter, Medium, guest posts in established blogs, and op-ed pieces in newspapers.
- Don’t be afraid to get it wrong; as long as you are open-minded and respond positively to critical feedback, then you will not become infamous on the internet.
- Play to your strengths and communicate in a medium and style that works best for you.
- Engage in communication with the community in a manner that anneals your professional goals.
- Evaluating your work by comparing your successes to the successes of others is only a recipe for disappointment. Establish benchmarks for yourself, and compare yourself to those benchmarks over time.