Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Statement and opportunities

The Carbonate Research Coordination Network (RCN) recognizes the need to take action in a meaningful way to eradicate systematic discrimination and increase diversity, equity and inclusion within the Geosciences community.

We are committed to take concrete action by designing and conducting activities and interactions to achieve our goals of building community and promoting diverse, equitable and inclusive participation of all members in the Network. We recognize and support the efforts led by geoscientists of color (i.e. A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color: Listen, Act, Lead and Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for The Geosciences) and invite our participants to join us in creating an academic space where we:

  • acknowledge and value diverse experiences of our participants
  • question unspoken rules that promote discrimination and racism
  • acknowledge the inequities inherent to fieldwork and affirm that cutting-edge geoscience happens in many different spaces among different identities,
  • promote and sustain a zero-tolerance culture towards racism, sexism, homophobia or any kind of discrimination.
  • actively elevate the discussions on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access and Justice within the Geoscience community

We recognize these efforts within the Carbonate RCN represent only small steps toward equity; only through such small steps is societal change possible on a broader scale.

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Funding opportunities

We are particularly interested in contributing to increase the participation of members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the geosciences, which according to the National Science Foundation, remains the least diverse discipline within STEM*. To do so, the Carbonate CZ RCN will offer travel grants to attend our workshops and training opportunities. Preference will be given to members of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to ethnic minorities, first generation students, non-traditional, women, veterans, LGTBQ+, and individuals with disabilities.


* Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2017 NSF 17–310 (National Science Foundation, 2017); https://go.nature.com/2Ip2i6A

Other opportunities to increase Diversity in the Critical Zone Research Community

Expanding Critical Zone Science by Integrating New Researchers: The goal of this RCN is to "bring together the next generation of outstanding scientists, and their diversity of thought, around big problems in earth surface processes". This RCN will be hosting workshops as well as a series of Cyberseminars.

Targeted resources to help create inclusive and accesible academic spaces (in the lab, the classroom, in the field, and meetings)

Creating Inclusive Communities of Learning in the Classroom and Beyond by Dr. Anita Marshall (she/her) Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida (Talk presented at the University of Florida, Geography Colloquium). Based on an evaluation of disability-inclusive field courses and personal experiences undertaking field research with a physical disability, this presentation will outline tips and best practices for building inclusive learning communities in any setting; be it classroom, lab, field, or virtual.

Resources to Improve inclusion in classrooms, research groups, and peer-to-peer by Re-Inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure. The Inclusive Excellence Initiative aims to support graduate students, researchers, and faculty in creating more inclusive environments in higher education – environments where all individuals feel welcome, respected, and that their contributions are valued.

Creating Inclusive Virtual Spaces  Edited by Olivia Lopez, University of Wisconsin-Madison for ADVANCEGeo Partnsership. Provides a sample of readings on important topics to keep in mind for inclusive learning and working spaces.

Guide to Organizing Inclusive Scientific Meetings by 500 Women Scientists. This document presents some concrete recommendations for how to incorporate inclusion and equity practices into scientific meetings, from the ground up.

Ten Simple Rules for Building an Anti-racist Lab  by Bala Chaudhary  and A. Berhe Asmeret published in  EcoEvoRxiv. June 18, 2020. The authors present 10 rules to help labs develop anti-racists policies and action in an effort to 21 promote racial and ethnic diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.

Goldschmidt Session on Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences – Pitfalls, Unconscious Bias and Practical Solutions. In this session you will hear about success stories and learn about practical tools to make the geosciences more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

What are personal pronouns and why do they matter? by Shige Sakurai (they/them). MyPronouns.org is a practical resource dedicated to the empowering and inclusive use of personal pronouns in the English language. This website presents one set of perspectives on ways to use personal pronouns in an empowering and inclusive way.