Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Diversity and Inclusion

DEEPS is devoted to cultivating an open and inclusive environment that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds, including but not limited to physical and mental ability, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, political views, religious beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender.

A core mission of DEEPS is to promote equity and diversity within the department, Brown University, and within the broader science community.

We acknowledge that, like many fields, the Earth sciences are part of a larger history of racism and imperialism that has been used to uphold systems of oppression. Furthermore, we recognize that it is our responsibility to mindfully work towards dismantling these systems, supporting diversity, and combatting historical prejudices through a variety of anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-sexist, and other inclusive actions.

The DEEPS Diversity, Inclusion, and Action Committee (DIAC) meets regularly and organizes department-wide town halls, readings and discussions, and training events to cultivate diversity and inclusivity.
Undergraduates from around the nation are invited to come to Brown University this summer to engage in cutting-edge research in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.

“ Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island, on the lands which are within the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett Indian Tribe.

We acknowledge that the Narragansett Indian Tribe was dispossessed from their lands by the forces of settler colonialism, and we acknowledge our ongoing responsibility to understand and respond to the legacy of those actions. We acknowledge that the Narragansett and other Indigenous peoples have called Providence home for centuries and continue to do so today.

We acknowledge with humility and respect the Narragansett Indian Tribe whose ancestors stewarded these lands with great care, and we commit to working together to honor our past and build our future with truth. ”

Brown University Land Acknowledgement

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As the 2024 Black History Month comes to a close, DEEPS is celebrating our Black community members and honoring the Black scientists who have made invaluable contributions to our society. DEEPS Communications Assistant Angela Snider highlights three Black women (from the past, the present, and up-and-coming) who have made important contributions to the geosciences.
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DEEPS & IBES Professor Meredith Hastings is a co-PI on a new project that will center on a field safety, anti-harassment, and bystander intervention training certificate program. “In scientific work, hostile behaviors such as bullying and harassment create a negative work environment that is more often experienced by people of color and those with disabilities. This is an important reason why the geosciences remain one of the least diverse STEM fields,” said Hastings.
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DEEPS Alumna Rocío Paola Caballero-Gill '15 was selected to receive the 2023 AGU Award for Advancing Inclusive Excellence in STEM, which recognizes exemplary efforts made by an individual or team for developing programs, systems, or networks that have led to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Earth and space sciences community.
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