Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Refugium, we recognize that a verbal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is not enough. That's why we prioritize partnering with collaborators from the communities we aim to elevate and empower, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community; Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, including people who are Asian and Pacific Islanders; people with disabilities, both visible and invisible; and individuals who are neurodivergent.

Additionally, beginning in Fall of 2023, Refugium will donate 3% of its total earnings to the AGI Scholarship for Advancing Diversity in the Geoscience Profession, a scholarship fund for enabling Black, Indigenous, and other Students of Color to advance their geoscience careers beyond the undergraduate level.

Positionality Statement

Refugium is led by executive director Dr. Kellum Tate-Jones, who shares how her identity intersects with Refugium's mission below:

"I am a queer cisgender white woman. While my queer identity and female gender disadvantage me in some circumstances, my positionality as both cisgender and white afford me a significant amount of privilege in a gender normative and white supremacist society. I strive to continually examine my biases, educate myself on power and oppression, explore my mistakes, and expand my understanding of how my identities impact my experiences as a scientist and as a consultant in diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility."

Please reach out to Kellum at kellum@refugiumconsulting.com for question, concerns, or feedback about how Refugium can continue to grow in how it interfaces with complex systems of societal power.