UNEARTH YOUR FUTURE: AN ONLINE MODULE ABOUT GEOSCIENCE CAREERS USING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION BY DESIGN
The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology is taking a novel recruitment approach for potential geoscience students from marginalized groups. In collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute’s Geoscience Online Learning Initiative, a 4-hour online, asynchronous module about geoscience careers using diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by design is under development. The module accompanies existing introductory curriculum to introduce students to a wide range of geoscience careers early in their education and does so through the lens of DEI to encourage students to think about how to craft a career path that is unique to their skills, interests, and social identities. Faculty using the module will be given supplemental materials to prepare them to facilitate often sensitive conversations around DEI topics such as implicit bias, microaggressions, or privilege. The module has five main objectives: (1) summarize geoscience concepts, (2) demonstrate how geoscience impacts society, (3) highlight a wide variety of careers, (4) describe skills for geoscience careers, and (5) connect careers with students’ diverse identities.
Geoscience education researchers from North Carolina State University and the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) are collaborating with IRIS to develop videos, design module quizzes, and perform a summative evaluation. To date, two pilots have been conducted this summer with two different groups, which resulted in increased interest in taking an introductory geoscience course in the fall 2021 semester.