Diversity & Inclusion

The Department of Geological Sciences strives to promote scientific excellence in our research, teaching, and service missions. Our faculty, staff, 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.

We are committed to maintaining a scholarly community in which all participants feel equally welcome and encouraged to contribute. We seek 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.