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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive department

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida is committed to a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for our students, staff, postdocs, and faculty.  We value the opportunity to share ideas, solve problems, and learn from people with diverse experiences and backgrounds that inform their unique contributions.  We respect a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, abilities, religious beliefs, age, and national origin because our community is strengthened by our differences and our commonalities.

These values are also reflected in statements by our national and international geological associations:

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

As an organization that serves a large, global community of Earth and space scientists, AGU is committed to efforts promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. AGU’s recently adopted strategic plan works toward the vision that “Diversity and Inclusion are recognized and celebrated as being essential for the success of AGU, its members, and the global Earth and Space Science enterprise.”

Geological Society of America (GSA)

In their position statement on diversity, the GSA affirms the value of diverse scientific ideas and the connection between diverse scientific ideas and a diverse group of contributors of those ideas, including those who comment and criticize. In their position statement on removing barriers to career progression for women, the GSA also strongly endorses the right for all to work in a safe, supportive, non-discriminatory, and recrimination-free environment where trust, respect, equity, fairness, accountability, and justice are honored.

Diversity and Inclusion Resources

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Student Funding Opportunities Supporting Diversity at UF: