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
Among the Jackson School’s many efforts to address these issues are:
As the Jackson School’s chief diversity and inclusion office, BIGR runs a variety of diversity programs. These include Enhancing Diversity in Geosciences Graduate School Education (EDGE), a program that introduces prospective graduate students from underrepresented groups to the Jackson School community; the Fort Valley State research collaboration, which brings students from the historically Black university to UT to collaborate with researchers at the Jackson School; and the GeoSTEM Bridge Program, which helps GeoFORCE students transition from high school to college.Read More
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
A student-run group within the Jackson School that strives to empower women in the geosciences, provide members with important resources and knowledge concerning issues that women face in the geosciences, and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. GLOW promotes leadership, outreach, and community within earth sciences, impacting all members of the geoscience community.Read More
In 2020, graduate students founded a local chapter of GeoLatinas at the Jackson School. The mission of the international organization is to embrace, empower, and inspire Latinas to pursue and thrive in careers in Earth and Planetary Sciences. The Jackson School chapter was co-founded by Kiara Gomez and Estefania Salgado Jauregui. They currently lead the group.Read More
A signature initiative of The University of Texas at Austin designed to expand access to high-quality educational opportunities across the state of Texas. The program serves tens of thousands of high school students and teachers, in partnership with school districts and higher education institutions. Through OnRamps, the Jackson School partners with high school teachers to teach an introductory geosciences course to thousands of high school students across Texas, with the majority of the students coming from underrepresented groups.Read More