Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences
Faculty and students within the Earth Sciences Department are actively endeavouring to address and combat racism in the geosciences. To that end, we are taking part in the URGE - Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences - initiative to diversify our science and break down barriers to success for underrepresented groups. Check out our URGE pod website:
From the URGE website: "We designed a community-wide journal-reading and policy-design curriculum to help Geoscientists unlearn racism and improve accessibility, justice, equity, and inclusion (AJEDI) in our discipline. We call this program Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE; https://urgeoscience.org/. URGE's primary objectives are to (1) deepen the community's knowledge of the effects of racism on the participation and retention of black, brown, and indigenous people in Geoscience, (2) use the existing literature, expert opinion, and personal experiences to develop anti-racist policies and strategies, and (3) share, discuss, and modify anti-racist policies and strategies within a dynamic community network and on a national stage. By meeting these objectives, we hope that Geoscience departments and societies will be able to implement a well-researched crowdsourced group of anti-racist policies."