Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In our research group, we are committed to building a positive and inclusive lab culture that encourages each of us to thrive as individuals and as members of our community. We recognize that science is not separate from the rest of society and that our scientific experience is not separate from our personal experience. We strive to make a group in which everyone is comfortable to be themselves and supported in their personal and professional growth.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, resources, and U-M programs. link



A inclusive professional network for early career petrologists and high-temperature geochemists. If you are interested in joining our community, visit our website to learn more: petrologynetwork.org.



Earth sciences are the least diverse of STEM fields, despite the fact that the societal issues directly addressed by our science—pollution, climate change, and natural hazards—disproportionately impact communities of color. Below are a few links to resources about equity, diversity, and social impact in Earth science. The list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Carrera, Luckie, & Cooperdock (2023) Extreme underrepresentation of first-generation college students in the geosciences: An intersectional issue. link
  • Marin-Spiotta et al. (2023) Exclusionary Behaviors Reinforce Historical Biases and Contribute to Loss of Talent in the Earth Sciences. link
  • Jacobs et al. (2022) Do Your Diversity Initiatives Promote Assimilation Over Inclusion? link
  • Batchelor et al. (2021) Reimagining STEM workforce development as a braided river. link
  • The URGE (Unlearning Racism in GEoscience) curriculum. link
  • Cooperdock et al. (2021) Counteracting systemic bias in the lab, field, and classroom. AGU Advances. link
  • Morris (2021) Combating racism in the geosciences: Reflections from a Black Professor. AGU Advances. link
  • Marín-Spiotta et al. (2020) Hostile climates are barriers to diversifying the geosciences. EGU Advances in Geosciences. link
  • Bumpus (2020) Too many senior white academics still resist recognizing racism. Nature world view. link
  • Dutt (2020) Race and racism in the geosciences. Nature Geoscience. link
  • Bernard & Cooperdock (2018) No progress on diversity in 40 years. Nature Geoscience. link
  • Hofstra et al. (2020) The Diversity–Innovation Paradox in Science. PNAS. link
  • North, W. Hastie, & Hoyer (2020) Out of Africa: Out of Africa: The underrepresentation of African authors in high-impact geoscience literature. link
  • APS Physics Education and Diversity. Bachelor’s Degrees Earned by African Americans, by Major. link
  • A compilation of news articles on the links between racism, environmental degradation, and climate change (link), including this article by marine biologist and climate scientist Dr Ayana Johnson, calling on scientists to step up and do better (link).
  • Eos special topics: Making Geosciences Anti-racist (2020) link
  • Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for the Geosciences by Dr Hendratta Ali
  • A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color

Resources for addressing discrimination & harassment at UM

Confidential resources for students, faculty, and staff: https://rackham.umich.edu/rackham-life/discrimination-and-harassment/#Confidential_Counseling.

Climate reporting form for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (goes to department chair: currently Marin Clark) and links to other UM reporting resources: https://lsa.umich.edu/earth/Portal/earth-departmental-climate-reporting-form.html.

University of Michigan diversity, equity, and inclusion pages.