Heather Houlton

Colorado School of Mines

<p class="MsoNoSpacing">I build communities across organizations through best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the geosciences to foster inclusive work environments. As a DEI expert with a Master’s of Science and over 10 years of experience, I act as a bridge to connect technical employees, administrators, leadership, and HR to implement strategic initiatives that advance scientific organizations’ DEI goals. I employ my emotional intelligence and technical aptitude in project management, leadership development, geoscience, and data science to drive cultural change and measure progress. These are practiced skills central to my career as a geoscientist, data scientist, and DEI expert in STEM.

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Activity (1)

Unearth Your Future: An online module about geoscience careers using DEI by design part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2023:Program:Teaching Demos:Tuesday
This is a 4-hour online, asynchronous module about geoscience careers using diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by design. The module can accompany existing introductory curriculum to introduce students to a ...

Essays (2)

Preparing Our Workforce Initiative: Preparing Students at 2-Year Colleges for Geoscience Careers part of SAGE 2YC:Workshops:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
Over the past year, I have developed a program called the "Preparing Our Workforce (POW) Initiative", which teaches students about the many different types of career opportunities that are available in the geosciences. I piloted the program by facilitating in depth and interactive discussions with geoscience students at 7 different institutions, including a 2-year college. The presentation emphasized the importance of integrating students' interests, within and outside of geoscience, and their transferable skills to their geoscience career goals, which led to an increased awareness of the diversity of careers in the geoscience workforce. Additionally, I presented pertinent information about geoscience workforce trends, such as enrollments, supply and demand data and salaries of geoscientists. Lastly, I discussed best practices for networking and how to land a job or internship in our field.

Providing Career Resources and Opportunities for 2-Year College Students to Bolster the Future Geoscience Workforce part of SAGE 2YC:Workshops:Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers:Essays
Two-year colleges play a very important role in preparing and recruiting students for programs at four-year institutions. From AGI's Status of the Geoscience Workforce Report (2011), data from 2008 indicate that nearly 50% of students who received a Bachelor's degree attended a community college, and 20% of those students received an Associate's degree...

Other Contribution (1)

Accessible and Equitable: Using Universal Design for Learning in Earth Science Learning Spaces part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Morning Workshops:Accessible and Equitable: Using Universal Design for Learning in Earth Science Learning Spaces
Goals of this workshop are to explore the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), discuss how UDL applies to different learning spaces (formal K-12, undergraduate, graduate, field experiences, informal ...