Diversity, Inclusion, and Access
Diversity, Inclusion & Access is a central component to the Department of Geophysics. Our department is a community that welcomes, respects, and supports people of all backgrounds. Cultivating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive department is critical to our education and innovation missions as well as to our future success as one of the top departments in the nation.
Diversity in the Department
Students and faculty in Geophysics come from 18 different countries on 5 different continents.
Our Geophysics Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (DI&A) committee consists of one undergraduate student, one graduate student, one staff member, and three faculty members. Our committee is tasked with identifying and implementing high leverage strategic actions that increase DI&A within the department. To date we have:
- Conducted a self-assessment of our unit’s culture & needs regarding DI&A
- Instituted an informal feedback system on department climate through faculty-student lunches
- Gathered initial data on faculty service load
- Reviewed the ability of faculty and students to take advantage of mentoring and/or professional development
- Integrated DI&A as a strong component in 2019 faculty searches
- Analyzed our department DI&A report for inequities and accuracy
Change happens when we are all involved. A number of opportunities exist to become informed on and improve diversity, inclusion, and access in the department. Please join us!
2 p.m. MT, November 12
Next DIA Committee meeting
Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.
Lunch & Listen
Have lunch with a faculty member to share your thoughts and ideas about how to make the Geophysics Department better. Next Lunch: TBD
DIA Coffee Hours
Join students and faculty for an informal discussion on DIA chosen themes.
Be a part of the committee or attend open discussion sessions each month.
Join a Mines Student Group
Make friends, have fun and learn through a student organization that supports DIA.
Join a National or International Group
Grow your professional and DIA network through membership in one of these groups.
“Inclusion is a right, not a privilege of a select few”
-Judge Geary, Oberti v. Board of Education (D.N.J. 1992)
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From the Archives
Geophysics has been advocating for increased diversity for more than 50 years. Check out this report from the First National Conference on Minority Participation in Earth Science and Mineral Engineering – June 7-9, 1972.
The first African American student at Mines was also a geophysics student. Deacon Guffie E. Menogan received a $100 football scholarship to attend Mines. Unfortunately, given the times, he was unable to complete his degree. However, the department is proud to honor his memory. Learn more about Deacon Menogan here.