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Thursday, October 19

7:30 Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome and introductions - Jennifer Nocerino and Cailin Huyck Orr

  • Setting expectation of learning from each other
  • Setting norms for the day

8:10 Icebreaker activity - SERC

8:30 Setting the stage for what we are doing today - Rory McFadden

Morning Session -

8:45 Panel discussion: Understanding mental health challenges faced by geoscientists and/or implementing successful initiatives to foster inclusive and supportive work environments, on the state of the state of geoscience mental health. Why this work is needed. ( 3-4 speakers - 5 minutes each)

  • Resources mentioned during panel discussion
  • Renee Love - Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences, University of Idaho
    • A faculty perspective on mental health in the geosciences
  • Mariama Dryák-Vallies - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder; Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
    • Fieldsafe: A program providing training and tools to create safe, inclusive, and welcoming field environments in the geosciences
  • Jill Cyranowski - Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
    • Promoting mental health awareness and advocacy
  • Alicia Christensen - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Climate change and its effects on mental health

9:45 Break - give instructions for where we will reconvene in groups

10:00 Interactive breakout sessions (all groups doing the same work to produce a community - derived vision for a healthy community)

  • Discussion: What does a healthy geoscience community looks like.

11:00 In your same groups - look at the list of attributes of a healthy community discussed in the applications and revise your conversation

11:30 Report out on breakout sessions

12:00 Lunch (lunch provided in the workshop room) - birds of a feather table

Afternoon Session

1:00 Update from across morning workshops.

1:30 Choose from selection of breakout sessions on aspects of mental health.

  • Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity - Oakmont
    • Cultural aspects and structures within the geosciences that foster discrimination and/or bias (e.g. racism, sexism)
    • Isolation and pressure on historically marginalized groups
  • Strategies for Mental Health Support: - Sewickley
    • Providing mental health resources and training
    • Fostering open communication about mental health challenges
    • Advocacy
    • Challenge of work-life balance
  • Mental Health Awareness and Community: Anchor
    • Reducing stigma around mental health
    • Neurodiversity challenges
    • Creating a supportive community
    • Fostering a sense of belonging
    • Coping with the pressures of academic and research expectations
  • Academic Support for Students: Three Rivers
    • Supporting students through trauma and stressors
    • Building resiliency in students
  • Field-based Challenges Churchill
    • Field work-related stress and isolation
    • Safety and belonging
    • Accessibility

3:00 Break

3:15 Plan report out with breakout group

3:30 Report out: share key takeaways from breakout sessions

4:00 Whole-group discussion: Shared vision of what aspects of mental health are particularly important to the geoscience community

4:45 Adjourn and End of Workshop evaluation