The Ad Hoc Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, Belonging (DEIAB) Committee

Our Vision

GRSS actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging (DEIAB) across the Society and becomes a leader in DEIAB excellence within the scientific community, IEEE, and beyond.

Our Mission

GRSS will strive to broaden diversity at all levels of the Society including but not limited to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, age, and parental status. GRSS will be a Society that promotes equity, inclusiveness, accessibility, and a sense of belonging in the services and resources it provides to its membership.

GRSS develops and executes a DEIAB strategic plan that commits to making measurable progress on diversity based on defined performance criteria and an established timeline. It creates a roadmap to foster institutional change, remove barriers, and champion initiatives that promote a Society where all feel included, valued, respected, and engaged.  

Defining D+E+I+A+B

At its core, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging (DEIAB) represents our commitment to embracing all individuals and ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities, feels welcome, and can contribute without barriers.

Click on each letter to view a definition of each of these unique and important components.

Who We Are

Heather McNairn

DEIAB Co-chair, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Mariko Burgin

Member, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mary Morris

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Zeinab Akhavanhamzeh

Member, University of Waterloo

Hamid Jafarzadeh

Member, Memorial University

Ashish Mishra

Member, Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee

Vicky Vanthof

IDEA Co-Chair, University of Waterloo

Sureka Thiruchittampalam

University of New South Wales

Stephanie Tumampos

Social Media Lead, Technical University of Munich

Ying Yang

Nanjing University

Paola Valdez

IEEE TA Operations & Volunteers Services

Katie Becker Colon

GRSS Operations Manager, Conference Catalysts

Our Initiatives

Review of GRSS Awards

Did you know that GRSS provides awards in 4 categories?

  • Major Awards
  • Special Awards
  • Publication Awards
  • Symposium Awards

GRSS is undergoing a review of all awards to advance our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion across our nomination and selection processes and procedures.

Data Surveys

Annually, GRSS gathers data to benchmark the diversity of our membership, editors, awards, as well as conference attendees, committees and keynote speakers.

These data are important to help GRSS understand our areas of strength and where we can make improvements for our members.

Supporting Caregivers

At IGARSS 2023, GRSS provided a lactation room to support caretakers, and a family room where conference attendees could gather to spend time with accompanying children.

IGARSS 2023 also provided free access to the conference for children under 12. It was exciting to see so many young children in attendance, encouraging the next generation of scientists and engineers!

Check back to learn more about efforts to make GRSS events Family Friendly!

DEIAB Resource Corner


Swartz TH, Palermo AS, Masur SK, Aberg JA. The Science and Value of Diversity: Closing the Gaps in Our Understanding of Inclusion and Diversity. J Infect Dis. 2019 Aug 20;220(220 Suppl 2):S33-S41. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiz174. PMID: 31430380; PMCID: PMC6701939.

Marin-Spiotta, E., Barnes, R.T., Berhe, A.A., Hastings, M.G., Mattheis, A., Schneider, B., and Williams, B.M. Hostile climates are barriers to diversifying the geosciences. Advances in Geosciences. 2020, 53:117-127. doi:10.5194/adgeo-53-117-2020.

Working Together with IEEE to Advance DEIAB

As a member Society of IEEE, GRSS works closely with IEEE committees to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and a sense of belonging for our members.

Stay connected with wider IEEE initiatives and resources on Diversity & Inclusion. Find out more here and here.