Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

General Resources

Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (DIAP) is Brown’s strategic plan for creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable academic institution for the success of every member of our community.
The Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit has been created to identify best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion at Brown. The toolkit provides guidelines for demonstrating an understanding of compliance, cultural awareness, respect for differences, and coaching for positive change toward inclusive practices for all identities.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX, overseeing training and education, and gathering and reporting information to the campus community. The Title IX Coordinator is available to answer any questions related to the Policy, Complaint Process, available resources and reporting options, and remedial and safety measures.
The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) serves as a critical leader, resource, and support in sponsoring programs and events related to diversity and inclusion at Brown University.
The Ombuds Office provides an independent, confidential, neutral, and informal resource for faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and associates, graduate students, and medical students with concerns arising from or affecting their work and studies at Brown.

Resources for Faculty

The Sheridan Center offers publications and online resources addressing a wide range of teaching and learning topics, including inclusive teaching, writing pedagogy, mentoring, and course design.
Developing an anti-racist syllabus involves steps beyond just adding a diversity statement. The DEEPS START Team (Allison Cavallo, Baylor Fox-Kemper, Sarah McGrath, Edgar Villegas) offers the linked Google Folder of resources for DEEPS Faculty in crafting a more inclusive and anti-racist course.
Authors V. Bala Chaudhary and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe share "10 rules to contribute to antiracist STEM discourse and help springboard scientists toward immediate achievable action in realms under their control."

2020, PLOS Computational Biology 16(10): e1008210.

Resources for Students

Brown's SAS coordinates and facilitates services for students (including graduate students) and visitors with medical, physical, psychological, and learning disabilities.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) takes a collaborative approach to mental health services to assist students in improving their lives. Our diverse staff offers a range of psychological treatment and prevention services in an inclusive, compassionate, affirming, and socially just environment.
This learning opportunity was developed by the Brown DIAP following an iterative process of focus groups with Brown faculty, students, and staff and input from several campus partners throughout multiple phases of project development. All Brown students are encouraged to complete the unconscious bias e-learning module, which takes approximately 35 minutes and can be accessed through Workday Learning.

Resources for Antiracism & Decolonization

The BCSC advances the University’s mission of educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation by empowering students of color, cultivating leadership, facilitating critical reflection, fostering informed action, and promoting social justice.
Brown University's Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI) is a cross-disciplinary initiative focused on teaching, research, and engagement to increase understanding of the cultural traditions, histories, political experiences, and contemporary experiences and knowledges of Native American and Indigenous peoples. Visit their website for resources, events, courses, and more!
Decolonization at Brown (DAB) STEM Task Force invited students, staff, faculty, and administration to a student-led teach-in on Colonialism in STEM on Thursday, February 18th 2021. The event offered a platform for students to share their experiences and a place for members of the Brown community to listen and engage with those experiences.
URGE is a program designed to deepen the community’s knowledge of the effects of racism on the participation and retention of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in Geoscience, draw on existing literature, expert opinions, and personal experiences to develop anti-racist policies and strategies, and share, discuss, and modify anti-racist policies and strategies within a dynamic community network and on a national stage.
The National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG) is a nonprofit organization established in June of 1981 by a group of black geoscientists in the Houston/Dallas area. They offer scholarships, an annual conference, and more.
SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

Resources for LGBTQ+ Support

The LGBTQ Center provides a comprehensive range of education/training, cultural, social, and educational programming, support services, and advocacy services to the entire Brown Community. The Center works to create and maintain an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students, faculty, staff, their families and friends, and the campus community at large.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) at Brown is a chapter of the national non-profit professional society, aimed at empowering LGBTQIA+ folks at Brown University studying or working in STEM fields to succeed personally, academically, and professionally. is a practical resource dedicated to the empowering and inclusive use of personal pronouns in the English language. This website will help you understand why and how to use the pronouns someone goes by. In particular, we are focusing on pronouns used to refer to a singular human in the third person.
Article by Matthew R. Downen & Alison N. Olcott (2022) – "Based on LGBTQ+-focused surveys and previous literature, we propose some best practices that geoscience instructors and departments can implement to begin creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people..."
This e-zine provides advice and resources for queer, transgender, and gender-nonconforming scientists for safety when conducting fieldwork. It was created by members of the Trans and Gender-nonconforming Field Alliance based on first-hand experiences of doing fieldwork as LGBTQ+ scientists.

Resources for Disabled & Neurodivergent Support

Brown University offers accessible campus tours, parking, and access shuttles. This link also includes an accessibility map of the entire campus that indicates accessible paths and obstructions, as well as information about local (non-Brown) wheelchair rental locations.
Academic accommodation requests for individual courses are requested through an online system after Student Accessibility Services (SAS) approves specific accommodations for a student. This web page includes a link to the system as well as some additional information.
DAIS is a peer networking, support, and advocacy group for people who identify as disabled, neurodivergent, and chronically ill who are associated with space science and related fields and professions.
Unless waived, all Brown University Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). This page includes info about the SHIP as well as links to various portals for managing health insurance benefits. SHIP subsidizes many disability- and mental health-related costs, including therapy and medications.
ADHD accommodations and medication prescriptions cannot be serviced at Brown University without a neuropsychological evaluation. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) offers financial assistance (typically by reimbursement) to offset the cost of disability-related diagnostic testing or academic coaching. SAS can provide lists of local evaluators and coaches upon request.