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Website Resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

AWG is committed to taking tangible steps to directly address the challenges of intersectionality within academia faced by women, gender non-binary people, and people of color. We are developing initiatives to actively combat systemic inequalities that contribute to the current racial disparity within the geosciences. As part of those initiatives, AWG has collected resources designed to encourage acknowledgment of our inherent biases and understanding what our fellow BIPOC geoscientists experience, and what we all can actively do to combat the systemic inequalities in the geosciences, science, and our society. Please stay tuned for additional initiatives we are planning to implement as an organization that will go beyond our previous efforts.


These resources have been compiled by AWG members as an educational resource for ourselves and others. If you would like to submit additional resources, please email webmanager@awg.org with a link and a short description of the resource.

National Science Teaching Association: 

NSTA March 2020 Journal article by Ann Haley Mackenzie describes how/why science lessons can be more inclusive/successful, if they are grounded in/by student identities.  Topics include creating a safe, democratic, academically rigorous classroom where students are challenged to learn media literacy and activism along with their science subject matter.
NSTA blog posted May 26, 2020, by Philip Bell and Deb Morrison highlighting how/why justice-oriented science educators should engage in culturally-based pedagogies that identify and leverage the knowledge and practice resources of students and their communities.  Brief examples and additional resources are given/listed.

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Reports for purchase

Careers in science, engineering, and medicine offer opportunities to advance knowledge, contribute to the well-being of communities, and support the security, prosperity, and health of the United States. But many women do not pursue or persist in these careers, or advance to leadership positions - not because they lack the talent or aspirations, but because they face barriers, including: implicit and explicit bias; sexual harassment; unequal access to funding and resources; pay inequity; higher teaching and advising loads; and fewer speaking invitations, among others.
Over the last few decades, research, activity, and funding has been devoted to improving the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine. In recent years the diversity of those participating in these fields, particularly the participation of women, has improved and there are significantly more women entering careers and studying science, engineering, and medicine than ever before. However, as women increasingly enter these fields they face biases and barriers, and it is not surprising that sexual harassment is one of these barriers.

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Based at Michigan State University, the GRL conducts human dimensions research focused on two areas:  1) how people perceive, understand, and make decisions about the planet; and 2) access, inclusion, equity, and justice in STEM and academia.
Racial Equity Tools is a popular website designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
A nonprofit research organization that believes decisions shaped by facts, rather than ideology, have the power to improve public policy and practice, strengthen communities, and transform people’s lives for the better.  For nearly 50 years, Urban has collaborated with philanthropists, social services providers, community advocates, businesses, and federal, state, and local leaders to discover, advise and solve challenges in communities nationwide.
The AGU Ethics and Equity Center provides resources to educate, promote and ensure responsible scientific conduct and establish tools, practices, and data for organizations to foster a positive work climate in science. 
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance was founded in 1991 to prevent the growth of hate.  Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
Teaching Tolerance Magazine article from Fall 2018, a very well-informed summary of White privilege.
Teaching Tolerance Magazine article from Fall 2013
An NSF-funded partnership/project to address the problem of sexual harassment and other exclusionary behaviors that lead to hostile working and learning climates in the earth, space and environmental sciences. A primary goal of the project is to improve workplace climate conditions by developing bystander intervention education for department heads, chairs, faculty and grad students to appropriately respond to and prevent sexual and other types of harassment and bullying in research environments.
Description of Bystander Intervention Training and other services that are available. 
Activist collective dedicated to creating a more socially just, equitable, and accountable science. 
An international, collaborative vision to see greater representation of marginalized individuals in geoscience
An initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics taking action for Black lives; contains resources etc



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