GEOLEAD (GEOSCIENCE LEARNING, ENGAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT): A MULTI-STAKEHOLDER CONCEPT TO INCREASE THE SIZE AND DIVERSITY OF THE EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE TALENT POOL
GeoLEAD will provide a platform as well as a collaborative infrastructure to help engage, retain, and prepare two- and four-year-college undergraduate ESS students (including STEM students with an interest in ESS) for the workforce. It will centralize access to the vast array of already existing programs and services that are currently scattered across multiple organizations (e.g. professional societies, federal agencies) and simplify the search process by recommending bundles of programs and services based on the students’ profiles and interests. GeoLEAD will help the coalition of professional societies and organizations identify and fill gaps in the type of programs or services being offered, and assist employers in engaging with and building effective talent pipelines. A first but critical step in the development of GeoLEAD has been the conversation and face to face meetings with key partners (professional societies, academic institutions, federal agencies, private sector employers, and other organizations) to increase our collective impact in this effort. This paper will report on some of the early outcomes of these partner conversations as well as provide an update on the status of the platform.