PROMOTING ACCESS AND INCLUSION IN THE GEOSCIENCES THROUGH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
One such meeting, hosted by AGI, was a forum dedicated to increasing awareness of the barriers that geoscientists with disabilities face in our academic institutions and when transitioning and persisting within geoscience careers. The forum, which occurs annually, brings together the leadership of AGI’s membership societies to catalyze discussions about broad, up and coming community-wide topics, and develop strategies for addressing various deficiencies. An outcome of the 2014 forum was the development of a community consensus statement regarding access and inclusion for individuals living with disabilities. This document was completed during the summer of 2015 and has since been adopted by nearly one-half of AGI’s member societies.
This presentation will discuss the recent efforts of the American Geosciences Institute, the Geological Society of London, and the International Association for Geoscience Diversity to create and promote inclusive opportunities to broaden participation in the geosciences for individuals with disabilities.