Continued anti-Black police violence in the U.S., racial and ethnic inequities in COVID-19 related illnesses and deaths, and the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic have lent renewed urgency to conversations and action to address systemic racism in the U.S.
As day-to-day life continues to transform as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are faced with new challenges related to equitable treatment in society. Understanding the burdens that have been disproportionately placed on certain identity groups is vital to creating and maintaining safe and inclusive educational and working spaces.
Virtual places of learning and work bring with them new challenges to maintaining inclusive and safe classrooms and workspaces. This resource provides questions to consider and readings on important topics to keep in mind for inclusive learning and working spaces.
Every individual has the right to learning and working environments free of discrimination, harassment and bullying. This resource provides definitions of these types of misconduct as well as research on the psychological, physiological, professional, economic and societal effects of harassment.
Microaggressions are a targeted form of insult and demeaning action or language directed towards a group of people based on their identity. Because they tend to be more subtle than overt discrimination, hatred, or bigotry, microaggressions have been studied as "modern" forms of racism or sexism. They are, however, not always subtle or covert.
Codes of conduct are guidelines adopted by an organization to address expected and appropriate behaviors, and are one of the important steps an organization should take to stop harassment in scientific settings. This resource identifies necessary elements of effective codes and provides examples to develop your own.
Field training and research experiences can be defining moments in people's careers, especially in the earth and environmental sciences. This resource identifies some of the unique challenges introduced by field work, as well as additional resources on steps to take to create a safe, inclusive experience for all.
Responding to hostile behaviors requires a community effort and strong leadership to send a clear message that these behaviors are not acceptable. Here you will find strategies to address incidents when they happen as well as resources for changing the culture so that toleration of these behaviors does not continue.
Addressing issues related to power dynamics, intersectionality, and privilege is critical for promote positive, productive relationships with our colleagues and students, creating a safe and respectful learning and working environments. A culture change is required in academia in order to transform our institutions into equitable and inclusive workplaces.
If you were to ask 20 people "What is diversity?", it is likely that you will get 20 different answers. Diversity is an evolving concept that is rarely defined in the research literature. This resource addresses how we define diversity, why it is important, and what diversity looks like in the geosciences.
Bias is described in Webster's dictionary as "the prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair" and can be conceptualized as implicit or explicit. This resource defines types of bias and addresses bias in the sciences and geosciences.