Geology Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Statement

Earth and Planets are Everyone’s classroom

The Geology Department at Western Washington University is home to anyone interested in studying geosciences.

Everyone belongs here. We are a community of people from many cultures and backgrounds and we collaborate to create an inclusive environment to support learning for all in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field. Diversity broadens our perspective and leads to creativity. We appreciate that diversity extends to many realms, including but not limited to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, physical ability, sex, disAbility, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, and economic background.

We strive to remove any barriers to learning and we encourage opportunities for sharing open and honest communication to improve learning environments. We are actively seeking ways to increase diversity in our community while making sure that all are supported and heard.

We support our commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity through actions described in the Geology Department Equity and Inclusion tab, including but not limited to department-wide norms of behavior, in-progress Unlearning Racism in the Geoscience WWU-based action items, Diversity in Geosciences (DIG) club, quarterly all-hands meetings, and links to local Tribal Resources relevant to our work in the community.

[This is a draft version of our collaboratively-developed Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity statement for the Geology Department, based on all of the feedback from the fall All-Hands meeting. The goal is to get feedback and ratify this in the spring All Hands meeting. Please contact Sue DeBari if you have comments, questions, concerns about this draft.]