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2021 Workshop for Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Sciences Departments

Sunday, 12 December 2021, AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Churchill Rooms [second floor])

Registration: Via the AGU Fall Meeting registration page (workshop itself is free; but attendees must be registered for the Meeting and the Workshop; select Heads and Chairs workshop from the Events list); Early registration ends 2 November.

This one-day workshop provides an opportunity for heads and chairs of Earth and Space Science departments to discuss issues and strategies for building a strong department, meet other heads and chairs, and learn more about current issues. The workshop program includes sessions on the topics listed below.

  • Welcome and plans for the day
    • Joint AGU LANDInG Academy and AGU Heads and Chairs Program Welcome (LANDInG co-PI team and Pranoti Asher, AGU Heads and Chairs program staff)
  • Morning session
    • Panel and Discussion: Impact and Evidence of DEI Challenges in (Geo)Science (Vernon Morris, Arizona State University; Corey Garza, California State University, Monterrey Bay; Erika Marín-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Margaret Fraiser, AGU)
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Sessions
    • The hidden curriculum: Making explicit the tacit knowledge of our disciplines and programs fosters inclusion (Michele Cooke, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Naomi Levin, University of Michigan)
    • Systemic Change in Geoscience Education: Designing for Equity (Julie Posselt, University of Southern California and Casey Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology)
    • Opportunities from NAGT and SERC
    • Update from the American Geosciences Institute about Workforce Issues (Christopher Keane, AGI)
    • Workshop Evaluation
  • Reception

Optional Monday Morning Workshop, 13 December 2021

Monday December 13, 9 am-12 noon local time, Hilton Riverside, Churchill C1-C2 (second floor)

Title: Speaking Up: How department leaders can change the conversation in STEM

Description: Ever wondered "Why didn't I say something?" after witnessing bias? Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated. Attendees will learn about what motivates people to speak up, the challenges faced when doing so, and strategies for effective responding. PowerPlay Interactive Development's team of improvisational actors will provide scenarios for discussion and practice intervention. This workshop is sponsored by a grant from the Sloan Foundation to support evaluation of bystander intervention workshops. Registrants for this workshop are expected to complete online survey materials before and after participation. Presenter/Co-Facilitator: Stephanie A. Goodwin, Ph.D., President, Incluxion Works, Inc. Co-Facilitator: David Kaye, M.F.A., Founder/Artistic Director, PowerPlay Interactive Development, University of New Hampshire


Workshop Support
Pranoti Asher, Assistant Director, Grants and Education Programs, AGU
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
John McDaris, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

Contributing Partners

SERC logo
Building Strong Geoscience Departments



NSF Logo The workshop website is supported by NSF under grant DUE-0817353 to the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the National Science Foundation. The workshop is supported by the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project and AGU.


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