GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, USA - 2019

Paper No. 73-1
Presentation Time: 1:35 PM


MARIN-SPIOTTA, Erika, Geography, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 550 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706, BARNES, Rebecca, Environmental Science, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, BERHE, Asmeret Asefaw, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced, Merced, CA 95343, HASTINGS, Meredith, Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, MATTHEIS, Allison, Applied and Advanced Studies in Education, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90032, SCHNEIDER, Blair B., Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, 1455 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045 and WILLIAMS, Billy M., American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009-1277

The geosciences are one of the least diverse fields in STEM, despite their societal relevance. Bias, discrimination, and harassment present serious hurdles to diversifying the field. These behaviors persist due to severe power imbalances, historical structures of exclusion, persistent marginalization of non-majority groups, and inadequate policies against misconduct. Here we discuss examples of strategies that are being implemented at multiple levels from the individual to the profession and highlight the role of partnerships for cultural change. We share ADVANCEGeo's model for improving workplace climate through bystander intervention and research ethics training and codification of professional practice. To be truly successful, cultural and behavioral changes need to be accompanied by reeducation about the historical political structures of academic institutions to start conversations about the real change that has to happen for a transformational and equitable scientific enterprise.