Women in GIS – Wisconsin Becoming “Equity Advocates”

Over the last year Jennifer Borlick and Kelly Felton of WiGIS-WI have been meeting with the MN GIS/LIS workgroup Equity Advocates. During this same time WiGIS-WI has been discussing with its members possible changes to the group. The desire to engage a more diverse group of individuals has become a main focus. We want to build a platform for increasing inclusivity within the geospatial community. As a result of our conversations with Equity Advocates and discussions with members at our WiGIS-WI meetings, we have set a new course for our group.

The June 5th WiGIS-WI virtual meeting during WLIA’s Spring Regional Conference involved a presentation by Cory Richter of Equity Advocates. This presentation highlighted Equity Advocates’ formation history, it’s mission and goals. Following the presentation we discussed with members our desire to change the focus of our group. Those attending supported the decision to create a group similar to Equity Advocates.

With the support of volunteers from the virtual meeting, we will be moving forward and begin organizing Equity Advocates. We look forward to this new endeavor, building equity, representation, and inclusion inside the geospatial community through education, mentorship, and advocacy.

Follow us on our Women in GIS –WI social media sites for updates as we move through these changes. We appreciate your continued support!

Facebook – Join the group on Facebook! This is a closed group; members can invite and add new members, the group can be found by searching, and content is viewable to members only.

Twitter – Follow the group on Twitter and join in on the conversation! You can search for the page and get involved with Women in GIS – WI @WiGIS_WI.

LinkedIn – Request to join the group on LinkedIn and begin networking! This is a closed group; members can invite new members, the group can be found by searching, and content is viewable to members only.

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4 Comments on “Women in GIS – Wisconsin Becoming “Equity Advocates”

  1. How does affect the relationship with the original group at ESRI?

  2. Would you please share “Equity Advocates’ formation history, it’s mission and goals”? Link or just their mission statement?

  3. Who We Are:
    We are a workgroup within the geospatial community that believes in an environment where all are welcome, people can be their true authentic self, and will have their voices understood and valued. We strive to connect with as many people as possible and offer a chair at the table in order for our geospatial community to reflect the diversity of the world we live in. Just as a map is incomplete without a title, a compass, a legend, and a scale, the geospatial community is incomplete without inclusion, representation, and open-minded thinking.
    Our Mission:
    Our mission is to lead efforts in building equity, representation, and inclusion inside the geospatial community through education, mentorship, and advocacy.
    Goals:
    Encourage our professional organizations and councils to adopt inclusive language in their code of ethics, mission statements, and goals.
    Encourage more questions about diversity in surveys that are intended to gather information about people in our profession to provide better metrics to identify opportunities to engage under-represented communities.
    Encourage organizers of workshops, seminars, and conferences to review the event code of ethics language, provide pronoun stickers, and provide accessible content for their events.
    To nominate people from under-represented communities for professional awards.
    To develop an online resource for sharing information on diversity and inclusion.
    Encourage use of geospatial data, technology, and theory to foster a more equitable, representative and inclusive community.