Diversity and Inclusiveness

The Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to creating and promoting a community where diversity is not only welcomed, it is encouraged. Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, gender and expression, sexuality, physical ability, immigration status, marital status, class, religion/spirituality, political ideology, and the complex intersection of these and other dimensions is vital to an intellectual community at the forefront of scientific progress.  Research, collaboration, and the ability to communicate science more broadly are all directly enhanced by interactions between a diverse student, staff, and faculty body through the confluence of unique perspectives.

We aim to create and promote an atmosphere that not only protects every community member against discrimination and bias, but also encourages respect and value for varying perspectives and backgrounds. To this end, we will take action: to include and retain students, staff, and faculty of underrepresented populations, nontraditional patterns of academic preparation, economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and first generation status; to provide resources to staff, faculty, and students to enhance awareness and address issues regarding diversity and inclusion; and to demonstrate respect for differences in the context of intellectual exchange through open dialogue. If any action by a member of our community is discriminatory or shows disrespect, the action should be brought to the attention of the Chair, department administrator, or trusted member of the faculty. These can also be reported to the Office of Compliance.

As one component of these actions, the Department has formed a committee on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) including members of the faculty, staff, and student body. Working with the Department, the committee will: 1) Continue to collect information regarding trends in diversity and departmental climate; 2) Provide a forum for identifying and addressing any systemic issues related to diversity and inclusion within the department; and 3) connect resources to individuals with concerns about diversity and inclusion within the department.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

The Multicultural Student Center (MSC): MSC provides a central point of contact for student organizations and other allies on campus, and works to collaboratively strengthen inclusivity at UW-Madison.

The Wisconsin Improvement Network (WIN): WIN provides a searchable database of organizations and events around campus, to help students find their community

The PEOPLE Program: PEOPLE recruits students in 8th grade and partners with students to help them reach their goals of college attainment and degree completion, focusing on low-income and potential first-generation college students.

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE): CAE provides high-touch advising, tutoring programs, health and wellness events, social events, graduate school preparation, and other programs for groups historically under-represented in higher education.

Current Efforts

Progress towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive department takes work. This page lists current work that we are undertaking in order to continuously improve our department.

Want to get involved? Look for the latest notices on the Weeks e-mail listserv, or contact the D&I Committee: geo-divein@geology.wisc.edu

Progress

Department Code of Conduct Updated

Kay Fowler Billings Award Created

Slack Channel Created

To promote communication and inclusiveness, the D&I Committee has launched a collaborative Slack Workspace. Use this workspace to join the conversations geosciencedicommittee.slack.com

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee Formalized

In 2018, the Department unanimously voted to form a committee of Faculty, Staff, and Students that advises the Department on issues related to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

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