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DCL: Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity-Expanding the Network (GOLD-EN)


April 20, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

Science, as a body of knowledge, is a uniquely qualified source of vetted, objective information that could be brought to bear on many societal issues facing humanity and the Planet. Science, as something that is practiced, is at the mercy of those doing it. The World is facing "all minds needed" problems, but due to historical systemic structures, all minds have not been fully engaged. Recent research shows that underrepresented science scholars produce higher rates of scientific novelty, yet they do not persist in the systems where the innovation is created (1Hofstra et al. 2020). Because the geosciences continue to lag behind other STEM fields in creating a diverse community of researchers, scholars, and practitioners, disruptive strategies and evidence-based practices are needed in an effort to recruit and specifically retain individuals who historically have not been included in geoscience education, research and careers.... [MORE]

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