Our Commitment to Diversity

About Our Commitment

The STEM disciplines, and Earth Sciences in particular, face significant challenges in the realm of diversity.  Stereotypical images of fieldwork often present a one-dimensional view of Earth Sciences, where the reality of geoscience work 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).

“Diversity and inclusivity are necessary partners. Without inclusivity, the benefits of diversity— an increase in understanding, improvement in performance, enhanced innovation, and heightened levels of satisfaction—will not be realized. We commit to investments in both, to create a community in which difference is valued, where each individual’s identity and contributions are treated with respect, and where differences lead to a strengthened identity for all.”  - Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon's Letter to the Dartmouth Community

Earth Sciences Diversity Committee

The EARS Diversity is comprised of faculty within the EARS Department and advises the Chair of the department on ways we can continually move the department forward in creating a respectful, diverse, inclusive, and resilient community. The current members of the EARS diversity committee are:

  • Robert Hawley, Associate Professor
  • Justin Strauss, Assistant Professor
  • Marisa Palucis, Assistant Professor
  • Brenhin Keller, Assistant Professor

At the College level, the Dartmouth Inclusive Excellence action plan has identified six initiatives that affirm our commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion across Dartmouth. They are: 1) increasing faculty diversity, 2) increasing staff diversity, 3) building a more inclusive community, 4) increasing transparency, 5) confronting and learning from the past, 6) being accountable.

Read more about Inclusive Excellence.