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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


At EOAS we continuously work to create an inclusive department that fully reflects the diverse community we serve. We seek to accomplish this by recruiting a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and promoting and strengthening under-represented groups within EOAS.  Here, we build on an inclusive culture in which difference is welcomed and valued. We embrace the responsibility of providing and nurturing an affirming climate that supports and celebrates individual identities across a broad spectrum while ensuring equitable treatment. We strongly believe that different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences drive creativity and innovation, and deliver better results.

We have a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind. At EOAS everyone is welcome!

FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: View Page
Resources for sharing information regarding concerning incidents or behavior in the FSU community can be found at: View Page
Specific policies for faculty procedures and responsibilities when a student reports sexual misconduct to you are found at: View Page


The EOAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee grew out of student and postdoctoral researcher requests to address the discrepancy between the demographic composition of the EOAS department and our country, and as part of the greater conversation of race in America, during the summer of 2020.

The goals of the DEI Committee are to identify barriers to the retention and recruitment of diverse populations of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty, as well as literature-based solutions to improve diversity of our department. We recognize that while well-intentioned, previous efforts have yielded little improvement in diversifying the Earth Sciences, necessitating a renewed commitment to this goal using new and different tools. A long-term commitment is required to improve and sustain a department culture that supports diverse Earth Scientists.

Additionally, we seek to provide a range of resources to the community, including literature describing best practices, funding opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. In addition to the literature below, one useful site that maintains up-to-date literature and a range of best practices is the University of Michigan’s ADVANCE Program


Additional Resources

Funding and/or research opportunities and best practices for recruiting and retaining diverse earth science populations:

Undergrad Resources

Title Authors Source
Obstacles to the recruitment of minorities into the geosciences: A call to action Suzanne O’Connell, Mary Anne Holmes View Source
Building a Diverse and Innovative Ocean Workforce through Collaboration and Partnerships that Integrate Research and Education: HBCUs and Marine Laboratories Matthew R. Gilligan, Peter G. Verity, Clayton B. Cook, Susan B. Cook, Melissa G. Booth & Marc E. Frischer View Source
Diversity in the Geosciences and Successful Strategies for Increasing Diversity Jacqueline E. Huntoon & Melissa J. Lane View Source
Effectiveness of a Summer Experience for Inspiring Interest in Geoscience Among Hispanic-American High School Students Kate C. Miller, Tina Carrick, Carmen Martínez-Sussmann, Roger Levine, Christopher L. Andronicos & Richard P. Langford View Source
Raising Scholastic Achievement in Minority-reached Classes Through Earth Systems Teaching Nir Orion, Oded Ben-Menacham & Yaron Shur View Source
BEST Practices for Broadening Participation in the Geosciences: Strategies from the UCAR Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS®) Program Rajul E. Pandya, Sandra Henderson, Richard A. Anthes & Roberta M. Johnson View Source
Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences through Providing HBCU Science Majors Training in Natural History Interpretation and Teaching Experiences in Predominantly African-American Communities Carol J. Pride & Margaret M. Olsen View Source
The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD’S)® in Earth System Science Professional Development Initiative: Enhancing Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact of Diversity through Alignment of Vision, Goals and Objectives, and Measurement Ashanti J. Pyrtle & Vivian A. Williamson-Whitney View Source
Virtual Community Building for Effective Engagement of Students of Color in Earth System Science: Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth Science Case Study Ashanti J. Pyrtle, Jozan M. Powell & Vivian A. Williamson-Whitney View Source
Broadening Participation in the Earth Sciences Riggs, Eric M; Alexander, Claudia J View Source
Sharing the Land: Attracting Native American Students to the Geosciences Eric M. Riggs, Eleanora Robbins & Rebekka Darner View Source
An Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions: A Framework for Producing Minority Scientists in NOAA-Related Disciplines Larry Robinson, Jacqueline Rousseau, Delicia Mapp, Vernon Morris & Meka Laster View Source
Recruiting and Graduating Minority Geoscientists from the University of New Orleans Laura Serpa, Lisa White & Terry L. Pavlis View Source
A Multi-Level, Multi-Component Program at San José State University to Enhance Diversity in the Geosciences Sedlock, Richard; Metzger, Ellen. Journal of Geoscience Education View Source
A Multifaceted Outreach Model for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences in Buffalo, NY Philip J. Stokes, Gregory S. Baker, Jason P. Briner & Dara J. Dorsey View Source
A Decade of Lessons Learned Donald K. Walter, Shermane A. Austin, Leon P. Johnson, Penny A. Morris & Carlos Salgado View Source
Theoretical Perspectives on Increasing Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Students in the Geosciences Caitlin N. Callahan, Nicole D. LaDue, Lorenzo D. Baber, Julie Sexton, Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft, & Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher View Source
What is diverse enough? How “intentionally diverse” charter schools recruit and retain students Huriya Jabbar, Terri S. Wilson View Source

Graduate Resources

Title Authors Source
Institutional Interventions That Remove Barriers to Recruit and Retain Diverse Biomedical PhD Students Marenda A Wilson, Anthony DePass, Andrew J Bean View Source
Graduate Recruitment for Diversity: Discipline-based Recruitment and Retention Strategies Committee on Institutional Cooperation View Source
How to get more women and people of colour into graduate school — and keep them there Sibrina N. Collins View Source
Innovative Professional Development and Community Building Activity Program Improves STEM URM Graduate Student Experiences Rosana G. Moreira, Karen Butler-Purry, Adrienne Carter-Sowell, Shannon Walton, Isah V. Juranek, Linda Challoo, Gloria Regisford, Richard Coffin & Angela Spaulding View Source
Improving Underrepresented Minority Student Persistence in STEM Mica Estrada, Myra Burnett, Andrew G. Campbell, Patricia B. Campbell, Wilfred F. Denetclaw, Carlos G. Gutiérrez, Sylvia Hurtado, Gilbert H. John, John Matsui, Richard McGee, Camellia Moses Okpodu, T. Joan Robinson, Michael F. Summers, Maggie Werner-Washburne, and MariaElena Zavala View Source
Underrepresented Racial and/or Ethnic Minority (URM) Graduate Students in STEM Disciplines: A Critical Approach to Understanding Graduate School Experiences and Obstacles to Degree Progression Tanya Figueroa, Sylvia Hurtado View Source
No progress on diversity in 40 Rachel E. Bernard and Emily H. G. Cooperdock View Source
Diversity in the Geosciences Leila Gonzales and Christopher Keane, AGI View Source

Post Doctoral Resources

Title Authors Source
From Ph.D. to Professoriate: The Role of the Institution in Fostering the Advancement of Postdoc Women Kathleen Flint Ehm, Cathee L. Johnson Phillips View Source
Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook Belinda Lee Huang, Ph.D. View Source
Recommended Strategies to Increase the Participation of Underrepresented Groups in STEM National Postdoctoral Association View Source
Postdoc Survey Finds Gender Split on Family Issues Yudhijit Bhattacharjee View Source

Faculty Resources

Title Authors Source
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine View Source
Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research Stanford University View Source
A Report on the Status of Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT, 2011 MIT View Source
Diversity Without Dollars: You think you can’t afford to transform your faculty? The University of Houston begs to differ. Zahneis, Megan View Source
The University We’re Losing: Academe is about to get whiter, straighter, and less accessible. Flowers, Johnathan Charles View Source
How I Built a Diverse Leadership Team: It began with a refusal to accept excuses for why it wasn’t possible. Collado, Shirley M View Source
8 Practical, Sustainable Steps to a Diverse Faculty Gracie Lawson-Borders & David D. Perlmutter View Source
Allyship – The Key To Unlocking The Power Of Diversity Sheree Atcheson View Source
Q&A: What does it mean to be a woman in the geosciences? Stanford View Source
Seven Ways PIs Can Counteract Systematic Bias Right Now Jenessa Duncombe View Source
Teaching Geoscience History in Context Kimberly M. S. Cartier View Source

AGU WONDER

GSA On to The Future (OTF) Grants support students from diverse communities to attend the Annual Meeting by offering partial travel funding, full meeting registration, one-year membership, mentorship, and special sessions with leadership while at the meeting: Link

GSA–J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarships: This award is for undergraduate students to attend summer field camp. Students will be awarded funds based on diversity, economic/financial need, and merit.



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