The Department of Geological Sciences strives to promote scientific excellence in our research, teaching, and service missions. Our faculty and students come from many different backgrounds and from many different countries, and we welcome everyone with a passion for using science, critical thinking and evidence-based discussion to better understand how our planet works.  We embrace the evidence that a diverse scholarly community stimulates scientific innovation and educational excellence. Broadening participation in science and generating an inclusive and diverse atmosphere will make our science better and is our social responsibility.

Therefore, we are committed to becoming a scholarly community in which all participants feel equally welcome and encouraged to contribute. This commitment is reflected in our goal of increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in our Department at all levels.

The Department of Geological Sciences is committed to:

Building and maintaining an inclusive, unbiased and prejudice-free environment that:

  • values, respects, and welcomes all individuals with their diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
  • provides an environment where all individuals, including those from underrepresented groups, can excel in their academic and professional development.  

Providing a community in which all its members (i.e., faculty, staff, and students):

  • are expected to respectfully interact with all faculty, staff, students, and the public.
  • recognize the importance of having different perspectives in the classroom and beyond, which is fostered by having a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.

Further increasing the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students by recruiting retaining members of underrepresented groups, particularly those underrepresented in our Department and in geological sciences nationwide.

The Department of Geological Sciences seeks to have world-class faculty that are representative of the students we teach, and the society that those students will go on to serve as practicing geoscientists and educators. We embrace diversity in all its dimensions, including race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic background, age, religious affiliation, socioeconomic background, physical abilities, learning disabilities, family and parental status, national origin, and veteran status. Our commitment requires that all faculty, staff, and students of the Department actively promote an inclusive environment in which all members of the Geological Sciences community and visitors feel welcome. As individuals we will strive to recognize our implicit biases and work actively to minimize their influence on our interactions, opinions, and decisions.

As faculty, we are committed to: 

  • being role models for promoting diversity and being respectful and inclusive in our interactions with all members of the department, the university community, and the public.
  • developing teaching and mentoring practices that foster inclusiveness and diverse experiences, promoting equal participation of all groups
  • continually revising our teaching methods to avoid approaches that can inadvertently hamper the success of students