...a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community through the evaluation and improvement of department practices....
Read the EPS Diversity Statement
EPS DEI Facilitation Team
The UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Facilitation Team is designed to bring together the people and groups that are working on DEI efforts in the Department, and to help anyone in the Department get involved in DEI work. Department members can view in-progress DEI Facilitation Team work on Google Drive.
EPS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Please feel free to send questions, comments, feedback, or inquiries about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association for Women Geoscientists Student Chapter
The Association for Women Geoscientists: UC Davis Student Chapter is a student-founded, student-led chapter of the larger Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG). Participation and membership is open to students, staff, and faculty of all genders. Some of our key programming is:
- A Gear Lending Program for students to be able to check-out outdoor gear (tent, backpacks, etc.) for course field trips at no cost to them.
- Two different mentorship programs (GeoMInS and AWG mentorship) where graduate student mentors are paired up with undergraduate mentees.
What is the Gear Lending Program?
The Gear Lending Program is a student-run program that provides field equipment to students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who do not already own the required gear and face obstacles purchasing it themselves. Graduate students organize, maintain, and update the gear. Students who use the equipment include undergraduate and graduate students participating in field trips for coursework or fieldwork for research. We provide backpacks, camping equipment, and technical outdoor clothing in a range of sizes. We are also working on a process to help students buy items better-suited for personal ownership, such as hiking boots. Our gear library is carefully maintained and will support students for many years to come!
To request gear from the program, please fill out this AWG Gear Request form.
Why we started the Gear Lending Program:
Field experience can be a major draw for students interested in geoscience, but it also represents a significant financial and physical barrier. Not having the right gear can make a student uncomfortable in the field, obstruct their ability to learn, and ultimately discourage them from further pursuing Earth Sciences. We want all students to be prepared and have positive field experiences. Our goal is to provide field equipment to students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who do not already own the required gear and face obstacles purchasing it themselves.
Supporting the Gear Lending Program
We created a lending library of field clothes and camping equipment to support students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences' field-based classes. Students in the Geology major typically have 20-60 days of required field trips, including several overnight camping trips. Gear for those classes can cost over $50 per student and is not covered by campus or laboratory fees. Our goal is to maintain gear to fully outfit students as needed at no cost to them. In 2022, thanks to generous donations from the community and alumni, we successfully raised $7,000 to get the Gear Lending Program up and running! If you would like to support the future of the program and our students, you can do so on the EPS Giving page.
Any questions about these programs, interest in getting involved, or new program ideas, please reach out to email@example.com.
EPS Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC)
The UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC) commits to the practice of anti-racism by continuously seeking to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community through the evaluation and improvement of department practices that contribute to racist outcomes. The department’s efforts promote the recruitment, retention, and personal and professional success of geoscientists from underrepresented minoritized groups, including BIPOC, at all career stages.
The Anti-Racism Action Committee is charged with proposing actions to curtail institutional racism that arises out of department structures, curriculum, and culture. Our overarching process is to:
- Identify structures and practices that contribute to racism in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
- Research documented solutions to racist outcomes in academic departments.
- Propose changes to the EPS Chair for implementation in the Department.
- Facilitate the implementation of recommended changes.
- Share our outcomes with other departments and interested people.
The ARAC was established in June 2020, with broad participation from undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, academic professionals, and faculty. The committee has established standards for the content of recommendations, including referenced documentation of how and why proposed changes are expected to reduce structural racism. While the main focus of the committee is on making specific recommendations, individual members are also using the discussions to address other issues, such as increasing transparency for departmental processes and soliciting ideas and feedback from community members. Community members are also assisting in some of the efforts.
2021-22 ARAC members: Tessa Brunoir, Graduate Student Representative; Robert Citron, Postdoctoral Representative; Lorraine Hwang, Academic Federation Representative; Mandy Rousseau, Staff Representative; Max Rudolph, Faculty Representative; Dylan Spaulding, Academic Federation Representative; and Dawn Sumner, Committee Chair.
The status of ARAC's ongoing work is indicated below as:
- In-progress - ARAC is currently working to prepare the proposal.
- Approved - ARAC has voted on and approved the proposal.
- Implemented - ARAC has completed the actions defined in the proposal.
- Implemented (Pending Faculty Approval) - ARAC completed necessary actions and sent the proposal to the faculty for adoption.
- Faculty Adopted - The proposal was sent to the faculty and the faculty adopted the proposal.
ARAC Glossary: a list of definitions for terms found in the proposals put forth by the Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC). ARAC is committed to evolving our terminology based on current literature and community feedback.
Comments to the ARAC
Ideas, feedback, comments and/or resources are welcomed by the UC Davis EPS Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC).
- ARAC Feedback Form. Contributions can be anonymous or you can include your name. Everything input here will go to Dawn Sumner as the chair of the ARAC. She will distribute the information to the rest of the committee as appropriate. Note that information provided here should not be considered confidential. If you wish to provide feedback on how Dawn is doing, you can contact the chair of the department.
- firstname.lastname@example.org. Feedback may also be submitted via email.
Reporting Harassment and Microaggressions
Harassment and discrimination are not acceptable at UC Davis or in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department.
- If you would like to report any harassment or misconduct, please report it to HDAPP using their online form. Note that this is not a confidential resource.
- If you would prefer to discuss matters within the Earth and Planetary Sciences department, please contact the EPS Chair, ARAC Chair, Graduate Advisor, Academic Advisor or a faculty member you trust. Note that they are all “responsible employees” and therefore must report some types of harassment to the University.
A departmental anonymous internal reporting system is being developed and will be implemented by the end of the ‘21-’22 academic year.