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2024 Workshop for Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Sciences Departments

Sunday, 8th December  2024, AGU24 Meeting, Washington D.C.

Workshop held at: TBD

800 am EST to 500 pm EST

Registration: Via the AGU24 Meeting registration page (The workshop itself is free; but attendees must be registered for AGU24 and must have a badge).

Registration: Via the AGU annual meeting page. The workshop itself is free; but attendees must be registered, have a badge and potentially present proof of vaccination (as per AGU guidelines); registration will open in September (keep checking link). Upon selecting this workshop on the registration portal, you will receive a pending message as this workshop is meant for those who are academic department leaders. Once your registration is approved, you will receive an approval message guaranteeing your seat for the workshop.

Early bird registration ends in November. Join AGU or renew your membership before registering to take advantage of early bird member rates.

Workshop program »

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.

  • Breakfast
  • Welcome by Pranoti Asher, Assistant Director, Grants and Education Programs, AGU and Eva Kostyu, Program Manager, Bridge Program, AGU
  • Participant Introductions (name, title, institution)
  • Morning session
    • NAS report "Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations: A Consensus Study (Presenters: Dr. Emily Vargas, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and Dr. David Asai, former Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
    • Fundamentals of Equity in Graduate Admissions (Presenter, TBD)
  • Lunch and Small group discussions (based on participant interest)
  • Afternoon sessions
    • Strategies for Equity-based Holistic Review (Presenter, TBD)
    • Updates from AGI on geoscience workforce (Christopher Keane, AGI)
    • Updates from SERC and NAGT and opportunities for the future (TBD, SERC and NAGT)


Workshop Support  
Pranoti Asher, AGU  Assistant Director; AGU Bridge Program Project Director
Eva Kostyu, Program Manager, AGU Bridge Program 
Holly Kelchner, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

Contributing Partners

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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 was supported by the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project and AGU.