PSECCO is committed to providing a safe, inclusive space for all participants in PSECCO activities, online or in person. All community members are expected to act professionally and respectfully in programmatic activities, such that each person, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, level of experience, language fluency, political affiliation, veteran status, pregnancy, country of origin, or any other characteristic protected under state or federal law, feels safe and welcome in our activities. We gain strength from diversity and actively seek participation from those who enhance it.
Harassment, bullying and aggression are not acceptable, regardless of intent.
Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. The PSECCO Team, meeting facilitators or their designee may take actions deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the event, whether online or in person.
In PSECCO spaces we agree to:
- Be curious and listen to understand
- Show respect and suspend judgement
- Strive to make space for others to speak, especially the quieter voices and those with different viewpoints from our own
- Consider how our social and institutional positionality may affect the impact of what we say and our awareness of what the potential impact may be
- Look for opportunities to build/expand on ideas with others; acknowledge common ground as well as differences
- Acknowledge the contributions of others
- Advocate if we feel like an unsafe space has been created, or connect with a meeting facilitator or PSECCO team leader for help
- Recognize that in engaging in PSECCO spaces, we commit to working toward inclusivity, but may be at different stages in our journey. When possible, assume best intent, and be willing to exchange feedback about the impact our words and behaviors have on others.
Reporting unacceptable behavior
If you are subject to unacceptable and/or unwelcome behavior, witness concerning behavior, see someone in distress, or have any other concerns, please contact the meeting organizer or member of the PSECCO leadership team, as identified below.
Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
- Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form
- Physical or verbal abuse by anyone to anyone, including repeated use of pronouns other than those requested
- Unwelcome sexual attention or advances
- Personal attacks directed at other guests, members, participants, etc.
- Alarming, intimidating, threatening, or hostile comments or conduct
- Threatening or stalking anyone
- Inappropriate use of sexual language, nudity, or sexual imagery during events
Event organizers will consult privately with the individual filing the complaint prior to taking any action. To address complaints of inappropriate conduct, event organizers will take actions deemed necessary and appropriate, including verbal warnings, immediate removal from the meeting, and the notification of appropriate authorities (e.g., employers or police). Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Retaliation toward complainants of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated.
To report unacceptable behavior, the following points of contact are available:
- Mariama Dryak, PSECCO Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anne Gold, PSECCO Leadership Team, email@example.com
- Bradley Markle, PSECCO Leadership Team, firstname.lastname@example.org
With thanks to Becca Ciancanelli, Bec Batchelor, the CU Inclusive Community of Practice, and Living Room Conversations, Jenna Vater with the NNA-CO, Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for ideas for these guidelines.