Broader Impacts for Equity and Inclusiveness
The Jackson School of Geosciences 2018 Strategic Plan frames Diversity and Inclusion as a part of broader impacts of geoscience research and teaching. Any scientist who has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation is aware of the broader impacts criterion. Broader Impacts of research and teaching, as defined by the National Science Foundation, includes broadening participation in the sciences, benefiting society, broadening dissemination to advance understanding, and promoting training and learning. The Jackson School has made major efforts in these areas and will continue to enhance and expand these efforts.
Before the development of the 2018 Strategic Plan for Broader Impacts for Equity and Inclusion, the Jackson School had made major efforts in the areas of broadening participation in the geosciences, broadening dissemination to advance understanding, and promoting and learning. The Jackson School will continue to enhance and expand these efforts.
- The Jackson School of Geosciences has a history of providing equitable access to opportunities to learn about the physical, chemical, and biological processes that impact issues such as energy, water, minerals, natural hazards, and the environment.
- GeoFORCE Texas has provided field learning experiences for over 1,700 high school students in rural southwest Texas and inner-city Houston since the summer of 2005.
- Collaboration with HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) designated Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in Georgia and their Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Academy (MSEA) for high school students. This has provided experiences for diverse high school students from across the country including mentorship in week- long STEM academies, summer research internships, and transfers to the Jackson School via the CDEP (Cooperative Development Energy Program) Dual Degree program to complete a second B.S. degree. Six FVSU transfers completed the B.S. degree and one completed the Master’s. FVSU students completed 14 undergraduate research experiences at The Jackson School and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) since 2013.
- The TXESS Revolution teacher professional development program and the DIG Texas (Diversity and Innovation in Geoscience) earth science course roadmaps have had a strong impact on Texas middle and high school education.