Mission and Values
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
The committee is composed of the core EOAS constituencies: graduate students, postdoctoral fellows/researchers, faculty, and staff. The committee seeks to achieve a balance of demographic representation when possible and a commitment to active participation. During the recruitment process to committee membership, preference will be given to members who will balance representation within the committee, including diversity in gender, stage in career, and department within EOAS.