workplace issues, including educational and professional opportunities, for all segments of the society, with a special emphasis on women, people from groups historically under-represented in society, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender AMS members. It includes women of color in its purview and has been led by a number of women of color.
• Women of color hold and have held other leadership positions, including serving on the AMS Council (which acts as the chief governing body), heading committees and chairing boards, and serving in high-level staff positions. Women of color have also won prestigious society awards, including the Anderson Award for outstanding contributions to diversity, and the rank of Fellow for outstanding contributions over a substantial period of years.
• The Women in Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon provides a place for women, including women of color, to network and interact with role models, explore issues and develop career strategies, and explore the intersection of gender and science. The luncheon at the 2012 Annual Meeting included specific discussion of the unique circumstance for women of color as part of a general discussion of how gender, ethnicity, and race impact vulnerability and resilience in meteorological disasters.
• Several less formal events at the AMS annual meeting are provide networking and professional development for newer members from many communities. The Color of Weather welcomes students and young professionals of color, the Coriolis Reception promotes awareness and creates a welcoming community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and friends and allies, and the Young Professionals Reception reaches out to people who are close to the transition from student to professional member. None of these events are designed for specifically for women of color, but all of them welcome women of color and reach out to women of color in planning and inviting.
• AMS has hosted a number of programmatic sessions that explore diversity as part of the annual meeting. Topics have included examining K-12 and college programs that promote diversity, exploring Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings and their relevance to AMS (taking advantage of the annual meeting including MLK day) and careful statistical analysis of atmospheric science demographics. Recently, a session on ways of knowing has explored traditional ecological knowledge related to weather and climate and sought to build collaborations between AMS scientists and indigenous communities. A disproportionate number of women of color participated in this session.
• A biennial meeting of Heads and Chairs of departments in the atmospheric and related sciences organized by the AMS has frequently included sessions on increasing recruitment of minorities into meteorology programs.
• Since 1993, the AMS has sponsored minority scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the atmospheric and related sciences. In the last five years, 15 of the 27 minority scholarships have gone to women.
The AMS has also partnered with external programs to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences, including women of color. These include:
• SOARS, which for 15 years has helped talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds transition to graduate programs in the atmospheric and related sciences through research experiences at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, strong scientific, academic and life-skills mentoring, and a learning community model. Over 147