Jackson School of Geosciences Diversity and Inclusion Statement
The faculty, research scientists, students, and staff of the Jackson School welcome the strengths of each of our differences. Our embracing of each other’s differences defines our humanity. Everyone is welcome and everyone is safe in our offices, laboratories, field experiences, and social settings. We will advance the understanding of Earth as a system, its resources, and environment, for the lasting benefit of equitable quality of life improvements for humankind.
Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Creating a diverse and welcoming environment where students, faculty, researchers and staff from all backgrounds can thrive is a top priority of the Jackson School of Geosciences.
The school’s efforts in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are aimed at overcoming a longstanding challenge in the geosciences, which are among the least racially diverse of all the STEM disciplines, according to data on degrees earned at U.S. universities collected by the National Science Foundation. The Jackson School has programs to address the issue at every level. These include programs to introduce and teach the geosciences to minority and underserved high school students; to help those students pursue a college education; and to help undergraduate and graduate students succeed at the Jackson School and beyond
A selection of the Jackson School’s many efforts to address these issues (see more at Programs & Opportunities):
An outreach program that seeks to cultivate a larger and more diverse geoscience community by helping geoscience students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, reflect on their own path to the geosciences and present their personal stories to young people and others in their home communities.Read More
A Jackson School-sponsored organization dedicated to increasing diversity among the students, faculty, researchers and staff members at the the Jackson School so that the community more closely resembles the diversity found in Texas. Strategies include: mentorship; community building; professional and personal development; advocating for change; and promoting diverse voices in geosciences.Read More