Initial Publication Date: April 29, 2016

Working with Diverse Students on Societally Relevant Geoscience Issues

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Friday, May 27
10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

11:00 am Pacific | 12:00 pm Mountain | 1:00 pm Central | 2:00 pm Eastern
Presenters: Diane Doser (The University of Texas at El Paso), Joshua Villalobos (El Paso Community College), Stefany Sit (University of Illinois at Chicago), Sue Ebanks (Savannah State University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


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This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear from faculty who are working with diverse students to broaden the distribution of geoscience and environmental science knowledge and awareness at the undergraduate level. Diane Doser and Joshua Villalobos are leaders of the El Paso Higher Education Community InTeGrate Implementation Program, and will discuss the role of building local relevance using societal issues and the effectiveness of using diverse pedagogical approaches in teaching to a minority group. Sue Ebanks is the leader of the Savannah State University InTeGrate Implementation Program. Sue will discuss how to facilitate interaction between science and non-science students and how to increase awareness of locally relevant environmental issues among minority groups. Stefany Sit is the leader of the University of Illinois at Chicago InTeGrate Implementation Program. She will discuss how focusing on career paths can be used as an awareness, motivation, and recruitment tool when working with urban students. The webinar will include 40 minutes of presentations and 20 minutes for questions and discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences on the topic.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have

  • motivation to recruit and support students who are underrepresented in geoscience and related fields
  • examples of strategies to engage students through societally relevant topics, concepts that cross disciplines, and connections to careers
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and resources
  • new colleagues engaged in this work
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Time - 11:00 am Pacific | 12:00 pm Mountain | 1:00 pm Central | 2:00 pm Eastern
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion. To join the webinar, please visit: and follow the prompts.
Registration - Registration for this webinar has closed.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Alice Newman (anewman AT if you have any questions about this event.


Diane Doser, Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso

Joshua Villalobos, Geological Sciences, El Paso Community College

Stefany Sit, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Sue Ebanks, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Savannah State University

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1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Alice Newman, SERC

2) Opening discussion about working with diverse students - Alice Newman and Stefany Sit

3) The role of building relevance using societal issues – Diane Doser

4) Focusing on careers as an awareness, motivation, and recruitment tool - Stefany Sit

5) Integrating science and non-science interaction - Sue Ebanks

6) Using diverse pedagogical approaches - Joshua Villalobos

7) Reflection by participants

8) Final remarks

9) Thank you and opportunities for further interaction

10) Webinar evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 599.4MB May11 16).

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