On May 31, 2020, Julia Cisneros and I released our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Literature Database through our GeoscienceLearners initiative. GeoscienceLearners is an initiative we created to continue learning how to engage young students interested in Geoscience fields. This initiative has two primary purposes: 1. Through literature engagement and publication, continue learning how to increase diversity and inclusion in the Geosciences and 2. to build resources for geoscientists and aspiring geoscientists to improve diversity and inclusion in our fields.
As Latina Geoscientists, we think it is of utmost importance to read and engage with literature regarding these topics in the Geosciences if we are to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive field. So, we released our ever-evolving folder of Geoscience DEI literature that represents the papers we have read, cited, and can therefore speak on. We decided to release this folder to the public because we realized there was a growing interest among geoscientists to read and engage with literature regarding DEI. We are both excited to encourage geoscientists to use this folder as a resource but to also look beyond this folder and find independent resources on all topics related to DEI in Geosciences from all lenses including race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, and socioeconomic standing. You can find our database, which includes a list of all literature in the database, brief summaries, and pdf copies at the following link: DEI Literature Database. We hope you find this database useful and we encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Shortly after this release, we were contacted by a group of geoscientists that were passionate about engaging with DEI literature. At the time, this group was building a website called GeoReadingForEquity.com and they asked if we would like to contribute our resources to the website. We happily agreed and you can find our resources plus other resources regarding literature, how to build a reading group for equity, and how to speak about equity at this website.
We recognize that reading lists alone cannot end racism and inequity in the Geosciences, or any area of society, for that matter. Again, our intention in releasing this reading list is to share a compendium on the research on the issue of diversity in the Geosciences. The compendium speaks to the ongoing research-based actions and efforts we are making in academia in pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the Geosciences, and seek to ease the research path for other scholar-activists on this same path.
A version of this post appeared on juliacisneros.com