Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AMS

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AMS

AMS is committed to advancing core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences.

AMS Diversity Statement

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is committed to, and benefits from the full and equitable participation of a diverse community in its membership, in its activities, and in the audiences that it serves. The advancement of the AMS mission is dependent on its ability to have a professional membership that is fully representative of societal demographics. The Society, therefore, embraces diversity through the inclusion of individuals across age, gender, race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, physical ability, marital status, sexual orientation, body shape or size, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, and other facets of social diversity.


We encouraged all members of the community not actively engaged in providing critical, time-sensitive information to join in a day of self-reflection, educate yourself and others on the issues, listen to your black colleagues, and take actions to be anti-racist and promote equity and justice on June 10th, 2020. AMS staff did the same.

Special Statement on Racism and Inequity

The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and subsequent protests highlight the racism and inequities in this country, in particular anti-Blackness.

What is AMS Doing to Promote Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Atmospheric Sciences and Related Fields?

AMS undertakes several initiatives to address diversity, inclusion, and equity in every aspect of the Society.

The AMS Board on Women and Minorities (BWM) was established in 1975, and is committed to enhancing inclusion, diversity, and equity in every aspect of the Society. The mission of BWM is to examine workplace issues, including educational and professional opportunities that affect those employed in the atmospheric and related sciences, with special emphasis on women, minorities, and the disabled.

BWM leads several initiatives that are aimed at broadening participation, including administration and analysis of the AMS membership survey, providing mentorship to recipients of the AMS minority scholarship program, developing recommendations on accessibility at AMS meetings, evaluating applications for various AMS Awards & Honors, leading sessions at AMS annual meetings, and developing guidance to address inclusion and diversity in the atmospheric sciences and related fields.

At the AMS Annual Meeting, BWM leads a number of events, including the annual Women in Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon and Coriolis reception to address inclusion and diversity in atmospheric sciences and related fields.

The CoRiolis Reception at the AMS Annual Meeting brings together lesbian–gay–bisexual–transgender–queer (LGBTQ) friends and allies to mentor, network, and connect with individuals who share common professional and personal interests.

The Color of Weather Reception (CoWx) at the AMS Annual Meeting provides a safe space for students of color and enables them build professional and social networks within the AMS community.  The purpose of the CoWx reception is to facilitate engagement between students of color and leaders in the geosciences attending the AMS meeting in an informal environment.  The event also provides a space that encourages open and direct discussion about barriers to success, improving access to opportunities, overcoming challenges associated with institutionalized discrimination, and false perceptions. 

The AMS Education program incorporates special initiatives into teacher education programs to promote minority participation in science. The goal is to train as many teachers as possible who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and/or teach significant numbers of precollege students from underrepresented groups. AMS is also committed to supporting faculty using its introductory undergraduate-level weather, ocean, and climate curriculum packages at minority-serving institutions.

The AMS Summer Policy Colloquium brings a select group of students and professionals to Washington, D.C. for an intense, ten-day immersion in science policy. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals in the field of earth and atmospheric sciences and their applications form a cohort that tackles hands-on exercises, hears from dozens of prominent experts and forges strong professional networking connections.

The AMS Early Career Leadership Academy builds and sustains a diverse network of early career leaders in weather, water, and climate science. ECLA brings together a select group of early career individuals—in particular, women and underrepresented minorities—for an immersive experience in leadership, including creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, building trust, and enhancing communication skills.

Past Events and Additional Information

Northop Grumman Google Hangout
In this March 2015 Google hangout, a panel of women discusses weather workforce issues and opportunities. You’ll hear from some of the top female voices across the weather enterprise, some in organizations you may not know have weather professionals: government, television, the oil and gas industry, commercial aviation, and the non-profit sector.

BAMS article; March 2014
“Weather Girls” on the Big Screen: Stereotypes, Sex Appeal, and Science

Season 4, Episode 1 of Weather Geeks “Don't Call Me Weathergirl” an all-star panel of meteorologists joins Dr. Shepherd to discuss the unique challenges facing women in science; Ginger Zee, Janice Huff, and Jen Carfagno share perspectives as female broadcasters.

BAMS article; February 2018
Women Weathercasters: Their Positions, Education, and Presence in Local TV

Women’s representation in United States local television weather broadcasting is updated, and prior work is extended by examining educational backgrounds and gender representation in chief, evening, morning and weekend positions.

2008 Survey Analysis Articles Published in BAMS

26th Symposium on Education Poster Session Focused on Diversity