AOS Diversity Survey 2017

Dear AOS Members and American ornithologists – please take this feedback survey to help our diversity efforts. 

To all members of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) and members of the avian research community: The AOS President, Steve Beissinger, and the AOS Council are embarking on a new effort to increase diversity and inclusion in our Society.  Kevin Omland has been named as chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  Other members of the committee include Chris Balakrishnan, Karl Berg, Susanna Campbell, Nancy Chen, Nanda Cortes-Rodriguez, Scott Edwards, Mark Hauber, Susannah Lerman, Irene Liu, Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Kim Sullivan and Scott Taylor. 

Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey to help us understand the current diversity status of AOS, and to help us develop strategies for becoming a more diverse and inclusive Society. The committee feels that a diverse ornithological research community will enable us to develop a broader constituency concerned about bird science and conservation, and evidence shows that diverse opinions and research approaches are critical for scientific progress.  Furthermore, work by Kim Sullivan has shown that our society membership is becoming more and more skewed toward older men – we need to recruit and retain a diverse cohort of young members to remain viable as a Society.  

At the July 2017 meeting in Michigan, we plan a number of inclusive activities including a symposium on diversity in ornithology organized by the Early Professionals Committee.  In the future, we plan to develop strategies to better retain women as members and to increase minority participation in our field.  The results of this survey will help us design those strategies and will give us a baseline for measuring our progress.  We thank you in advance for your participation in this anonymous survey.  Feel free to contact Kevin Omland with questions or concerns.  Please complete this survey by April 30.

About the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds.  As one of the oldest, and the largest ornithological society in the world, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, pursues a global perspective, and informs public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections.  The AOS is distinguished by its tremendous collective expertise, including eminent scientists, conservation practitioners, early career innovators, and students.

The AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications.  The AOS also publishes the book series —Studies in Avian Biology.  The society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in North and Middle America, and in South America. The AOS also sponsors The Birds of North America Online in partnership with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Learn more at our society website, American Ornithology, and AOS Publications website. Also consider joining or renewing your membership to AOS today. 

* 1. What best describes your profession?

* 2. What best describes your career stage?

* 3. What is your highest degree / experience level?

* 4. What is your membership status?

* 5. How many American Ornithologist's Union (AOU)/Cooper Ornithological Society (COS)/North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) meetings have you attended in the last 10 years?

* 6. How do you self-identify your race / ethnicity?

* 7. How do you self-identify your gender?

* 8. Do you consider yourself to be:

* 9. Which of the following apply to you? (choose up to 2)

* 10. If you are or have been an American Ornithologist's Union (AOU)/American Ornithological Society (AOS) member, and/or if you have attended one or more meetings, have you felt welcomed by leadership and attendees as a valued member?

* 11. Considering other scientific societies of which you are a member, or whose meetings you have attended, how would you rate participation of underrepresented minorities in AOS?

* 12. Have you ever felt discriminated against based on your gender, orientation, race, ethnicity etc. at an AOS meeting or by a member of the Society?

* 13. Have you ever felt sexually harassed at an AOS meeting, or by a member of the Society at your workplace or while conducting fieldwork?

* 14. Of your top five collaborators / colleagues* in AOS, how many are your same gender and ethnic group?  (*whomever you work with, interact with, hang out with most)

* 15. Which of the following aspects of diversity do you think AOS should work to prioritize? (rank: 1 = top priority)

* 16. Which of the possible AOS activities below do you think might best lead to a more ethnically diverse and inclusive AOS and field of ornithology? (rank: 1 = top priority)

* 17. In which of the following areas should AOS prioritize to branch out to bring in broader, more diverse groups of members? 

* 18. What other concerns or thoughts do you have regarding AOS diversity and inclusion?

* 19. What other suggestions do you have to increase underrepresented minority (URM) diversity in AOS and ornithology?

* 20. If you would like, leave a name and/or contact information (email, cell number) if you would like to have a member of the diversity committee to contact you to discuss concerns or suggestions you have.  Important note: This survey is anonymous unless you choose to leave your name here. 

(Alternatively, please feel free to directly contact any member of the diversity committee - listed on the page after clicking "Next" - or others on the council etc.)

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