collaborations with local K12 schools and two-year colleges as part of a strengthened active outreach program. It also included professional development for faculty at UNC to increase the connection of course content to relevant societal issues as well as to educate faculty about diversity issues. Finally, this program model sought to influence the teaching of courses in the upper division as well as at the introductory level with societally-relevant geoscience content.
About the Program
In a rapidly changing world, it is imperative for our students to be able to (1) understand the science behind a changing environment, (2) be able to integrate information from diverse fields, and (3) adapt to a rapidly changing socio-political environment while understanding the implications of this environment on the natural world and vice-versa. We aim to enhance recruitment and retention of Earth Science majors through implementation of a diverse, strong interdisciplinary component into our traditional curricula and the development of a strong outreach program. Outreach activities, along with new curricula and faculty professional development focused on diversity awareness, form the basis for a comprehensive retention model for diverse students that will better prepare students to persist to graduation and be ready for employment in a world that requires an understanding of science, society, and sustainability.
- Enhance outreach efforts to local high schools and community colleges through presentations and field activity experiences.
- Enrich lower and upper division courses with curricular activities that emphasize societal relevance and sustainability.
- Develop a model for supporting diverse geoscience students that includes faculty training in diversity awareness, development and support of student-centered teaching practices in the department, and the use of best practices in student advising.