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Accessibility, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Following the events of last summer, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) has taken several concrete steps towards developing a more inclusive and equitable environment for our students, staff and faculty. These include:

  • Forming a formal diversity, equity and inclusion committee within EPS
  • Eliminating the GRE requirement for graduate student admissions
  • Establishing a new weekly undergraduate seminar, ‘Your Future in Earth and Planetary Sciences’ in which we explore students’ career and graduate school possibilities, meet with working professionals, and provide practical advice and skills development
  • Hosting a college-wide screening and discussion of the movie ‘Picture A Scientist’ in which issues of equity and representation in science are examined
  • Devoting multiple faculty meetings to training from the UCR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Submitting proposals to UC systemwide HSI and HBCU calls that aim to increase diversity in our graduate student intake
  • Participation of over 50 faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students from EPS and Environmental Sciences in the NSF-sponsored program Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE), reading research and producing actionable strategies to promote anti-racism

These actions are the start of what will be an ongoing process, and we realize that we need to continue to make improvements in the months and years to come. Our overarching goal is to implement policies and programs meant to improve Accessibility, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AJEDI) both in EPS and in the field of Geosciences as a whole. We thank you for your support, feedback and continuing participation in these efforts in the future.

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