Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

In Our Department

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences seeks to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. In support of this goal, the department is focused on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels. We value building, fostering, respecting, and retaining multiple experiences and perspectives, recognizing each individual within the group and the roles and contributions each person brings to the success of the department.

In Our Professional Organizations

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.

Recent EPS DEI News

Racism and Race in the Geosciences

Geoscientists in the United States are predominantly White. Progress towards diversification can only come with a concerted shift in mindsets and a deeper understanding of the complexities of race.

Read more from Nature Geoscience

Laying Proper Foundations for Diversity in the Geosciences

Diversity constructed on the tenets of justice and accountability will create a truly better community that creates truly better science.

Read more from Eos

Without Inclusion, Diversity Initiatives May Not Be Enough

Diversity among scientists can foster better science, yet engaging and retaining a diversity of students and researchers in science has been difficult. Why is progress so limited?

Read more from Science

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Explore our ever-expanding bibliography of news and research on diversity in science.


To foster and support inclusive communities, Diversity Awareness Partnership publishes an 18-month Interfaith Calendar. This publication is a handy guide to observances celebrated across 25 religious traditions in the St. Louis region.

Interfaith Calendar 2019-2020

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