Our Commitment to Diversity


The STEM disciplines, and Earth Sciences in particular, face significant challenges in the realm of diversity and inclusion. Stereotypical images of fieldwork often present a one-dimensional view of Earth Sciences, where the reality of our discipline is far more multifaceted, and requires a wide variety of skill sets.

As such, the Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth promotes diversity and inclusion among our core values, and welcomes individuals from all backgrounds. Diversity within our community is integral to advancing scientific knowledge. All facets of a vibrant intellectual community – rigorous inquiry, open discourse, and diversity of ideas – demand and benefit from a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment. We are therefore committed to fostering a community of diverse perspectives (including, but not limited to, representation of gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomic status).

As highlighted in a June 9th, 2020, letter to the community, the faculty in the Department of Earth Sciences re-committed to the following actions (with progress assessed annually): 

  • Regular training in implicit bias for all faculty, staff, and graduate students; 
  • Increase the visibility of underrepresented minority Earth Scientists in our courses, seminars and department decorations; 
  • Remove visual cues from the department that reinforce stereotypes that the Earth Sciences are only for white outdoor enthusiasts; 
  • Improve access to the EARS major by refining a non-Stretch major track that allows students who are unable to or uninterested in participating in the Stretch to be majors; 
  • Develop VR field trips to improve the accessibility of remote field locations of geological interest; 
  • Mentor students through programs such as EE Just, and other campus initiatives that increase diverse participation in STEM at Dartmouth; 
  • Work with the campus IDE program to recruit diverse faculty and postdoctoral candidates.

Earth Sciences Diversity Committee

The EARS Diversity is composed of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate/undergraduate students within the Department of Earth Sciences. This committee advises the Department Chair (Meredith Kelly) on ways we can continually move forward in creating a respectful, diverse, inclusive, and resilient community. The current members of the EARS diversity committee are:

  • Meredith Kelly, Professor, Committee Co-Chair
  • Mathieu Morlighem, Professor, Committe Co-Chair
  • Brenhin Keller, Assistant Professor
  • Tianran Zhang, Graduate Student
  • Vignesh Gokuladas Melon, Graduate Student
  • Ivan Tochimani-Hernandez, Undergraduate Student
  • Mimi Grozeva, Undergraduate Student


A diverse and inclusive intellectual community is critical to an exceptional education, scholarly innovation, and human creativity. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is committed to actions and investments that foster welcoming environments where everyone feels empowered to achieve their greatest potential for learning, teaching, researching, and creating. Details of current action plans can be found in the Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Reports and Plans and the institution-wide strategic plan Toward Equity: Aligning Action and Accountability