Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity

An enormous body of research details the importance of a diverse and inclusive scientific community. In addition to being the right thing to do, such a community is shown to have greater innovation, higher order thinking, stronger publications with higher citation rates, greater ability to tackle complex geoscience research problems, increases in public trust in our research, the development of more relevant questions and solutions to communities most affected by environmental change and severe weather, and the engendering of widespread public Earth and environmental science literacy. Despite these incredible benefits, the geosciences continue to lag other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in the engagement, recruitment and retention of people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and those who are at the intersections of these identities.

In 2016, the NSF developed a new program to increase participation and belonging of those with minoritized identities in the geosciences: Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD). GOLD funds five pilot projects that each take a distinctly different approach to increasing the participation and belonging of those with minoritized identities.

This website serves to distribute information regarding the GOLD Projects, including Research Outcomes and insightful Blogs from GOLD team members and staff. Additionally, our Resources page is regularly updated in order to provide easy access to relevant articles, books, reports, and other resources pertaining to diversification and inclusivity efforts and broader information on minoritized groups in the geosciences.

We welcome additional resources and feedback at any time. Please utilize the Contact Us form to send any comments, criticisms, suggestions, or additional resources for this website to better benefit the geoscience community at-large.

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This page last updated 13 Aug 2019 - 12:25pm