CSDMS 2021: Changing Landscapes and Seascapes: Modeling for Discovery, Decision Making, and Communication

Do the work: Building a more equitable research unit

Nicole Gasparini

Tulane University, United States

Many geoscientists and geoscience organizations vowed to work towards equity and committed to anti-racist action in 2020. But getting started on and staying committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work takes time, energy, and education. This clinic will be a learning and sharing space for everyone who is on a journey towards building a more equitable research unit. Everyone can participate in this clinic, regardless of whether you are just starting your journey or you have travelled many miles and whether your research unit is one person or 100 people. The clinic will begin with discussion and thought exercises about your personal identity. We will then think about what it means for our individual research units to be diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Finally, we will discuss actions you can take to build an anti-racist research unit. Participants will be invited to share their current DEI actions and discuss how they can be adapted for, or expanded in, other settings. The clinic aims to foster an environment in which participants can learn from each other, but participants will not be required to share. Upon completion of this clinic every participant should have a plan for implementing at least one new DEI action, including milestones and accountability checks.

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Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Marine Working Group
  • Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group
  • Cyberinformatics and Numerics Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Chesapeake Focus Research Group
  • Critical Zone Focus Research Group
  • Human Dimensions Focus Research Group
  • Geodynamics Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group
  • Coastal Vulnerability Initiative
  • Continental Margin Initiative
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Initiative
  • Modeling Platform Interoperability Initiative
  • River Network Modeling Initiative