The vision of the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute is to lead the way to a healthier planet by cultivating a responsible and curious society that values, trusts and has access to science. As such, we are committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible environment and applying these values in the work that we do. This includes our recruitment, partnerships, public programming, digital outreach and more.

Through these actions, we join the effort to dismantle sociocultural systems of privilege and oppression based on race and ethnicity, age, disability, gender, gender identity, geography, relationship and parental status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, spiritual practice, veteran’s status, and other dimensions of diversity. Our commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion is critical to our mission as environmental protection and social justice are enduringly intertwined.

Our commitments include:

We have developed specific protocols and goals for each of these commitments. This is a living commitment that will evolve as we learn more about best practices for DEAI. If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding our commitment to DEAI, please email

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