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CEO DATELINE – AGU launches center to address discrimination, harassment in science

Feb. 12, 2019

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The American Geophysical Union has launched a new online resource to tackle bias, harassment and discrimination in science.

The AGU Ethics and Equity Center will seek to foster safe work environments and ensure that researchers, students and institutions have access to leading practices and tools to address harassment and achieve inclusiveness, according to a statement by the association. A key feature of the center will be to provide access to a consultation with a legal advisor to individuals experiencing harassment, bullying, discrimination, retaliation or other misconduct.

“Science is strongest when a diverse set of voices are not simply at the table or in the lab, but encouraged, to share their perspectives and ideas,” AGU elected President Robin Bell said in a statement.

The center will be regularly updated with professional development and ethics-related resources designed to support individual scientists at all career stages, as well as information for organizations and institutional leaders looking to implement leading practices in ethics or equity-related topics, according to the association. It will also be a home for information on upcoming workshops on a variety of related topics, as well as a place where interested parties can request custom workshops tailored to their own specific needs.

The center’s website is