As part of ongoing work to make the EBIO department and also the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology more equitable and inclusive, we are in the midst of a long-term process to build a common understanding of the barriers and biases that are prevalent in our community and identify ways that EBIO can bring about change. Our first step in this process was to create a diversity statement (below), unique to EBIO, that lays out our vision and aspirations. A group of students, faculty and staff worked with McCord Consulting Group to craft the statement, which was unanimously adopted by the faculty. Moving forward, the entire department is taking part in DEI workshops this semester and will form working groups in the fall to begin making our vision reality. These steps are only part of our continual efforts to transform our science and our department, and we are excited to be on track for big changes to come!