IDEAS: a Novel Approach to Promoting Success for Underrepresented Minorities in the Geosciences

Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Kellum Tate-Jones, University of Oregon

In 2018, a team of graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, and faculty in the University of Oregon Department of Earth Sciences formed the Inclusivity and gender Diversity in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (IgDEAS) Initiative. In the past three years, the IDEAS Initiative has employed an intersectional philosophy to develop programming that empowers womxn, TGNC (transgender and gender-nonconforming) individuals, and other underrepresented groups to pursue careers within the geosciences. Participants in this workshop will come away with a tailored plan for implementing this framework within their own departments and organizations.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the IDEAS framework and implementation with the University of Oregon Department of Earth Sciences
  • Identify the primary barriers to underrepresented groups in your department or institution
  • Brainstorm specific methods to address these barriers within your chosen context
  • Share ideas about promoting success for underrepresented groups in science education


(Times are reflected in Eastern, please convert according to your own time zone)

3:00 Welcome and introductions

3:15 Brief overview of the IDEAS framework and philosophy

3:30 Small-group activity exploring barriers to underrepresented groups within each person's department or organization

3:45 Break

3:55 Whole-group discussion of common barriers to successful earth science careers for underrepresented groups

4:15 Small-group activity brainstorming programming to address barriers

4:45 Whole-group discussion of ideas for programming

5:20 Wrap-up and workshop evaluations

5:30 Adjourn


UO IgDEAS Website: