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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Geophysical Institute asserts that a diverse community brings about richer science, stronger cross-cultural connections and more immediate societal benefits. We realize that building a truly diverse workplace requires a commitment to the principles of equity, inclusion, anti-racism and accountability to all of the above. Please read on to learn more about GI efforts in these areas.


GI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The GI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is a collection of GI graduate students, staff and faculty who are working to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive GI community. Diversity and inclusion foster better science. The committee's goal is to help guide and inform the GI on inclusivity actions and measures.

Please see the attached statement for an introduction to the committee's work, members and ideas:

PDF: Introduction to the GI DEI Committee

Contact the committee at for more information.

Join the conversation in an open meeting

The GI DEI Committee is seeking feedback and participation from the entire GI. The open meetings occur monthly at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. See the schedule and register on Zoom here.

Committee priorities

To date, the committee has researched or considered: 

  • Participating in equity seminars specific to the geosciences
  • Creating an Indigenous culture requirement for graduate students
  • Supporting students who become pregnant
  • Developing a statement for the GI regarding DEI
  • Researching and connecting with other efforts currently underway at UAF (and within the UA system when relevant)


Resources at UAF

Geophysical Institute Graduate Student Association (GIGSA)

The Geophysical Institute Graduate Student Association (GIGSA) maintains a guide for new (as well as continuing) graduate students. Access it as a read-only Google Doc here.

Inclusive Excellence at UAF


Learn more

URGE: Unlearning Racism in Geoscience seminar

This NSF-sponsored project is a new community-wide effort in which participants hold group discussions around journals articles and policy-design curriculum to help geoscientists unlearn racism and improve accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI) in geoscience. Click here to access the UAF URGE pod materials.

TEK Talks

A lecture series on fostering understanding among scientists in regard to working with Indigenous People. Learn more and watch recorded lectures here.