Our department is committed to advocating for and advancing the adoption of policies that create a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all students, faculty, and staff, and to advance UCSB’s Principles of Community. Below are some of the initiatives that we are actively working on that are designed to uphold this commitment.
As a community that studies and appreciates the Earth we walk on and the landscapes around us, we must be mindful of those who have tended and lived on this land before us. We recognize that UC Santa Barbara currently occupies the unceded ancestral lands of the Coastal Band of the Chumash people, the historic inhabitants and custodians of this territory. Among many lessons the Chumash can teach us, the values of balance, sustainability, and respect for our natural environment are particularly urgent and inspiring today.
Faculty JEDI Committee
The Departmental Committee on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, chaired by Professors Kristin Morell and Zach Eilon, is composed of faculty and staff driven to bring about change for greater justice, equity, diversity and Inclusion in our department and the geosciences in general. It works in concert with the Student DEI Committee. Professors Robin Matoza and Matt Rioux serve as the department’s Graduate Diversity Officers, serving as liaisons between the Department and the campus and advocating for our graduate students on JEDI issues.
Student JEDI Council
The student JEDI Council is composed of graduate and undergraduate students working together (and with the JEDI Departmental Commitee) to bring about change for greater justice, equity, diversity and Inclusion in our department and the geosciences in general. You can access their website (coming soon here).
DEI Reading Room
Under the leadership of our students, this group gathers interested students, faculty, researchers, and staff to discuss important texts and concepts related to issues of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, particularly in the Geosciences. Meets monthly (semiweekly in Summer). All members of the Earth Science department are warmly invited to participate, visitors should email email@example.com.
GEMSS (Geoscience enrichment and Mentoring for Students by Students)
A reading list of papers that motivate our actions and goals on JEDI issues can be found here.
Too often, information and resources can be a barrier to equitable success and inclusion in the sciences. We believe that all students in our department should have access to the best advice, and the resources they need. Below is a list of useful links and contacts:
- FAQ about our undergraduate major, including advice on obtaining field gear, doing a senior thesis, and picking an emphasis
- FAQ about our graduate admissions process
- A list of undergraduate summer internship opportunities
- A list of Earth-Science-related job sites
- A list of graduate summer funding opportunities
Our Strategic Action Plan can be reviewed here.
Our department was one of the first 13 selected by the American Geological Union to join its Bridge program during its inaugural year (see announcement). AGU's Bridge program, part of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network, is dedicated to advancing the Earth and space sciences through increased representation of Hispanics, African Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians in geoscience graduate programs.
UCSB Earth Science is a member of the California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education, a partnership of faculty and administrators across doctoral programs at six California Universities, who aim to diversify the demographic composition of their programs.