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Diversity and Inclusivity

AFE’s Intent for Diversity and Inclusion at the 2019 Fire Congress

The Association for Fire Ecology seeks to embrace diversity in all organizational activities, as demonstrated by past white papers and through chartering our new Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. We are committed to leading a safe and friendly learning environment at all AFE events, with representation from diverse speakers and attendees. This means that we strive to listen and be respectful of others, and to be earnestly inclusive of all people, regardless of their culture and experiences (e.g., gender, race, religion, color, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin). We acknowledge that different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences will better inform our complex discussions and result in stronger outcomes that stand the test of time.

We want to do better and know we can do better. Please join us in making this most diverse Fire Congress ever! We want your ideas and leadership to make this a watershed event  ̶  one that everyone can be inspired by and proud of.

What We Are Doing

    • Establishing a Planning Committee with representation from different affiliations, job positions, cultural backgrounds, abilities, and countries
    • Seeking to create a set of diverse plenary speakers
      • Giving students and young professionals an opportunity to present during a plenary session
      • Creating a gender-balanced list of plenary speakers
      • Improving representation across different races, ethnicities, nationalities, and geographic variation
      • Improving representation from varying affiliations and professional roles (managers, scientists, students, planners, etc.)
    • Planning for potential fire circles, special sessions, or workshops on diversity and inclusion topics
    • Providing manager scholarships and compensating travel for plenary speakers
    • Recruiting students from diverse colleges and universities
    • Reaching out to encourage participation from new groups and disciplines
    • Considering needs of attendees with families, financial limitations, or disabilities as we plan activities and meeting logistics
    • Revising our presenter and registration forms to collect demographic information that will help us assess progress over time

What You Can Do

    • Encourage diverse participation by inviting colleagues from different disciplines, agencies, and backgrounds
    • Be respectful to all presenters and attendees and consider the needs, contributions, and viewpoints of others
    • Reach out to new conference attendees, talk with students and young professionals you meet, ask someone new to join your group for lunch, dinner, etc.
    • Share your ideas with the Planning Committee by emailing

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