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.