The CEE Department recognizes diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as crucial values to the CEE Department and the UMass Amherst mission. We strive for continual assessment and improvement of the department culture to promote the importance of these values. We will actively engage with students, staff, faculty, and alumni to identify and take actions to eliminate existing barriers in decision-making processes, resource allocation, and policies, leveraging resources from the broader DEI network. We value and encourage engagement with local communities and the broader discipline in outreach, education, and community-based research. Through these actions, we aim to create an inclusive, equitable, and respectful environment that maximizes academic and personal success for all members of our community.