Diversity and Inclusion

Jackson School of Geosciences

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.

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion: Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke 400x400 1 300x350 Acf CroppedDr. Julia Clarke is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), the John A. Wilson Professor in Vertebrate Paleontology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Dr. Clarke is leading the effort to bring DEI into the Jackson School of Geosciences’ classroom practices, pedagogy, academic processes, culture and workplace policies. Dr. Clarke is also the leader of the Geoscience Ambassadors and the faculty advisor to the Geoscience Leadership Organization for Women (GLOW)

Email: julia_clarke@jsg.utexas.edu

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):