GS-EAG Town Hall Discussion: Black Lives Matter-Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Geochemistry

June 09, 2020

In these times of seismic events in human history, and national and indeed global awakening to a multitude of injustices, many societies and organizations are issuing statements to affirm their commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and to end racism, discrimination, and violence against Blacks and other minority groups the world over. The Geochemical Society (GS) and the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) know that more needs to be done to create a society that embraces the ideals of human decency, fairness, and social and economic justice. The aim of this town hall meeting is to listen to our community members and to hear their thoughts on how to fight racism, increase diversity and equity in our discipline, and make the GS, the EAG, and the Goldschmidt meeting safe and inclusive for all.

The meeting will be held this Friday, June 12 (noon PDT, 3 pm EDT, 9 pm CET) and is open to all. We propose to focus the discussion on recent events and hear the perspectives of participants. To allow wide and inclusive participation, we invite members to submit questions beforehand using the link below. Participants may also make brief comments or ask questions during the town hall. We seek to hear ideas on how our two societies can make real and lasting progress towards our DEI goals, and effectively communicate these measures to our membership and beyond.

Panelists include:

  • Magali Ader, Inst. Physics du Globe, Paris
  • Asmeret Asefaw Behre, UC Merced
  • Emily Cooperdock, University of Southern California
  • James W. Dottin III, University of Maryland
  • Benjamin Keisling, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • Penny King, The Australian National University
  • Jabrane Labidi, Inst. Physics du Globe, Paris
  • Cin-Ty Lee, Rice University
  • Samuel Mukasa, University of Minnesota
  • Aradhna Tripati, UCLA

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