Creating more inclusive spaces in academia
The academia has been characterized as an “ivory tower” because of its elitism and disconnection with the reality of many communities around the world. In the case of the geosciences, it has been a discipline dominated by White males. This lack of racial/ethnic and gender diversity resulted in many cases in an unwelcoming environment. In order to transform the geosciences it is necessary that all its members act at an individual and collective levels to embrace the values of equity and inclusion necessary to create a sense of belonging for everyone.
Examine your own bias
The first step towards embracing and enacting the values of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion is to recognize our personal biases, which many times remain hidden or unconscious. The following resources are meant to understand how bias and prejudice might limit the creation of more inclusive spaces:
How to create inclusive spaces?
- Creating Inclusive Classrooms, Stanford University
- Creating Inclusive Workplace Climates, ADVANCEGeo Partnership
- Creating Inclusive Virtual Spaces, ADVANCEGeo Partnership
- Harassment Prevention Training, Stanford University (via Axess)
- Inclusive Spaces in the Field, ADVANCEGeo Partnership
- Inclusive Teaching, Dartmouth
- Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities, DO-IT
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- Francis, W. (2019). Letter to Stanford Earth community: #StanfordEarthSoWhite Part I. The Stanford Daily Opinions.
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- Powell, K. (2018). These labs are remarkably diverse--here's why they're winning at science. Nature, 558(7708), 19-23.