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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Geosciences continues to be one of the least diverse STEM fields. This lack of diversity and the systematic issues impeding progress must be tackled. All science is social. It thrives on collaboration, is driven by human efforts, and significantly influences political policies. Diversity in geoscience allows for a broader range of inquiries, approaches, and interpretations. Without diversity, our discipline cannot truly progress. Everyone should have the opportunity to do research in an environment that is safe, inclusive, and free from any form of mistreatment, discrimination, or abuse. Below is some of the work I have had the privilege to be a part of in addressing these challenges. This contribution is comparatively small, but it represents the foundation upon which ongoing efforts will be built.

Collecting Demographic Data from Canadian Academic Geoscience

This project aims to survey Canadian academic geoscince every 3 years to establish the extent of diversity in the field and highlight areas where representation is lacking. The first survey was carried out in the fall of 2023, with a publically available report published online (link) and a manuscript outlining the main finding soon to be submitted for publication.  

Co-authoring a research group code of conduct

While at the University of Toronto Mississauga, I was part of a team that developed a code of conduct document for PIs to edit and disseminate amongst their research groups facilitating negotiations on expectations regarding safety, inclusivity, research output, and any important requirements for success. I will continue to use this document in my research group while at WSU.

EDI climate survey design and dissemination 

While at the University of Toronto Mississauga, I was part of a team that designed and disseminated two departmental climate surveys, one for the undergraduate student population and a second for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, support staff, research staff and faculty collectively. These results were compied two report outlining the main findings created to highlight areas of concern in the department.

Development of Departmental "Core Values"

While at the University of Toronto Mississauga, I was part of a team that created a set of "Core Values", which all members of the department were committed to upholding and championing in research and teaching. These values remain at the heart of my practice today.

List of appointments 

  • Committee Member, Washington State University, SOE, EDI Committee

  • Postdoc representative, University of Toronto Mississauga, CPS, Sciences, EDI Committee

  • Postdoctoral representative, University of Calgary Post-Doctoral Committee

  • PhD student representative, University of Aberdeen’s Gender and Equality Steering Group

  • Final year undergraduate student representative, University of Glasgow Earth Science degree

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