MAINTAINING MOMENTUM FOR CHANGE: IDENTITY INCORPORATION AND JEDI EFFORTS IN GEOSCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND EDUCATION
To maintain the momentum of this hard-won achievement, we now need to have more focused discussions about the incorporation of identity in the geosciences and how we can continue to work towards justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the discipline. To do this, we extend discussions of identity and JEDI efforts beyond outcomes for geoscientists and geoscience students, and to include the communities—particularly non-dominant or historically excluded communities—affected by geoscience research or who are the audience for geoscience communication and education. Geoscience outreach and education are typically the first, and maybe only, exposure the public has to geoscientists and formal geoscience information. Interest in geoscience outreach and education has also increased in recent years, in part because many funding entities now require some amount of public/community engagement. However, much of the communication and informal education undertaken by geoscientists is done ‘to’ and ‘for’ communities rather than by centering the community and their self-determined needs and interests. Centering the community in this way shifts the power dynamic from geoscientist-driven outreach and education to community-driven communication and education, placing socially non-dominant communities in positions of power and greater agency. This talk highlights numerous years of work by geoscientists to move the needle on the incorporation and valuing of diverse identities to further JEDI work in the geosciences and sets the stage for evidence-based discussions about collaborating with and centering diverse communities in geoscience communication and education.